Tigers Agree To Sign Gerald Laird

FRIDAY: The Tigers announced the deal. It's a one-year contract for $1MM, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

THURSDAY: The Tigers and Gerald Laird have agreed to a one-year contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The deal is still pending a physical.

Laird, 32, spent the 2009-2010 seasons in Detroit after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. He hit just .232/.302/.358 in 108 plate appearances with the World Series Champion Cardinals this past season, throwing out just four of 20 attempted basestealers. The move allows the Tigers to use Victor Martinez as a full-time DH.


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  1. Eduardo Medina 4 years ago

    Don´t like this move

    • diesel2410 4 years ago

      LOL!

    • serendipetey 4 years ago

      The only way this is a good move is if the Tigers let pitchers bat and DH for Laird instead.

  2. Nathan Fenstemaker 4 years ago

    Hooray….the 3-fingered assassin returns.

  3. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    NO!!!!! Jelly Belly why you leaving the Cards? Now how are we suppose to defend our championship!?!?!

  4. Joey 4 years ago

    I can only remember Laird’s game 163 performance..0/6 and like 10 LOB..I pray Avila doesn’t get hurt.

  5. vr67 4 years ago

    I think I just puked….

  6. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    Don’t like this move. Avila needs to stay healthy.

    • I like the move. They need someone and wouldn’t overpay for a backup catcher who  will probably play less than most backup catchers Avila is still an iron man and Laird knows the pitchers plus he gets raves for his clubhouse temperament. Even though Sean Casey was a mid level 1st basemen for the Tigers, Jason Grilli said the ’07 Tigers weren’t the same as the ones who had the ’06 magic because Casey’s personality stabilized the mood amongst players. Laird may not have that much of a transcendent impact, but Tigers know him and trust him. 

  7. Evan 4 years ago

    he better throw out better than 20% of the runners in 2012 – that’s for F*&# sure!

  8. mikeindcarea 4 years ago

    I haven’t seen Laird catch a game since he left detroit, but I hope he’s mastered the throw back to pitcher.  I mean, without the pump fakes…

  9. Mikey94z28 4 years ago

    Sweet now maybe the cardinals can play “name that Molina” and get Jose for a back up.

  10. bigpat 4 years ago

    Mr Potato Head is back

  11. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    “Hey guys, check out this cool ring I got from the Cardinals”

  12. DK_hits_20 4 years ago

    Oh good. I missed all his pop-ups and dugout fights.

  13. Ben Roth 4 years ago

    Wow this sucks

  14. what happens if Yadi get hurt? Is Matheny going to go out there and catch? 

    • Redbirds16 4 years ago

      An interesting possibility, actually. Probably means the Cards won’t need to carry 3 catchers for the next few years…

      Ah yes, but Tony Cruz will be the backup.

  15. verlander 4 years ago

    Really now? Laird? We couldn’t have done better than Laird?

    • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

      As a dirt cheap backup(which I assume he will be), no they couldn’t. He’ll do just fine once every 5 games.

      • verlander 4 years ago

        I was hoping for Kelly Shoppach.

        Look, I understand he’ll probably only play 30, 40 games at most.

        But it’s Gerald Laird.

        • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

          I know, I know…but considering his salary last year was 1 mil, and he didn’t exactly do anything to help his stock, so he’s gonna be cheap. 1 mil is worth not killing avilla, and you won’t be sacrificing any defense with G$ in the game. This was a smart signing.

          • verlander 4 years ago

            FWIW, Laird’s defense wasn’t that good last year. Slightly below average.

  16. Jay LeBlanc 4 years ago

    This must have been a personal request from Jim Leyland. Hope we got him dirt-cheap, and put him on a diet. Pretty amazing that he was able to get in 108 plate appearances in the post-season, too.

    • gtl11 4 years ago

      That was definitely a typo. I’m sure he meant this “past” season. Yadi caught every single game of the postseason. Laird may have gotten 1 or 2 PAs as a pinch hitter.

      • Evan 4 years ago

        actually, that was 108 bags of sunflower seeds gerald ate during the playoffs

  17. weaselpuppy 4 years ago

    Joe Dumars better tell his unemployed crew to keep their wives at home, or Team Laird will start it all up in a new city…

    • Evan 4 years ago

      can you explain that better sir, sounds interesting!

      • Pawsdeep 4 years ago

        Google ‘Gerald Laird Phoenix Suns’ and all will be explained.

  18. pmc765 4 years ago

    Amazing that G Money is still in the bigs, but think about it. How many legit catchers are there? Twelve? It therefore follows that nobody’s back up is any good. If he stands in the right handed batters box, can assume the position, stop a reasonable portion of pitches in the dirt, hit .200 without power and throw out the occasional base stealer, he’s no worse than anybody else. Did Jose Molina get too fat to play? Did Kelly Shoppach want $3M? Neither one of them are great either.

    The alternative is to use a minor leaguer who would hit .100, not block balls in the dirt, not throw anybody out. Given the minimum is $400K, if you give G Money $1M (I’m betting that’s the number) it’s really nothing. Wish Victor could still squat, though….that would be a huge advantage on all competition.

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      The alternative is not having to look at Laird for 162 games… I hope he just stays in the clubhouse sometimes…

  19. Are you sure the cardboard cutout wasn’t available? He would have made such a nicer backup, even if he can’t hold a bat!

  20. JP27 4 years ago

    I would feel more comfortable with Kelly being our backup catcher even though that would never happen

    • John Bowman 4 years ago

      Sure, but there are two points to consider:
      1. Shoppach is in line for quite a bit more money than Laird.
      2. Shoppach may not be interested in backing up Avila, who started 130 games last season.

      • threeeds 4 years ago

        I get the feeling he was talking about Don Kelly.

  21. Evan 4 years ago

    If laird catches all of Verlanders starts (which he has done many times)…..that would be ~33 starts…and do we need offense on those days – not usually.  If he catches half of the porcello games (he’s caught many porcello games and G$ usually calls a good game) then he’s got ~45 starts this year….  Sounds like a plan

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      Verlander likes Avila as his catcher now, I have to beleive.

  22. snapcase8p 4 years ago

    Just when we thought we were rid of him. He’s like that ex that you always find yourself waking up next to after getting trashed the night before. Thinking, “Damn’t! Not again!” I would have much rather had Chris Snyder as a back up. Hopefully it’s a minor league contract and we don’t put him on the roster.

  23. TrollinPowell 4 years ago

    I realize that the availability of viable Major League backup catcher is meager but I refuse to believe Laird is one of the better ones out there, even if true.

  24. Laird will probably cost an RP’s or Bettimit’s spot on the roster.  I can only hope that signing Laird who’s probably the cheapest backup C available will enable DD to sign a legit 2B or 3B.

  25. Tom Stephens 4 years ago

    WTF!!! all of these other catchers out there and they bring him back. WTF??? Please give me the rationale behind this move…

  26. Tom Stephens 4 years ago

    you would have thought he’d retire after getting a ring. How lucky can one guy be?

  27. Cheeseballs 4 years ago

    He signed for $1 million for 100 years

  28. tiger313 4 years ago

    so for 1 mil. to see him for 100-150 plate appearances. it is what it is.

  29. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    I wanted Jose Molina. Always wanted a Molina brother….but for 1 mil who cares.

  30. tycobb 4 years ago

    G Unit……I mean G Money

  31. What the hell is wrong with Omir Santos? He’ll hit 60 points better than Laird and his defense can’t be any worse.

  32. Jay LeBlanc 4 years ago

    Funny, but not true.

  33. DK_hits_20 4 years ago

    We are?

  34. That’s extremely common- for any business to finance their acquisitions. 

  35. Evan 4 years ago

    yo i’m coming back with some stats…..you def. are exaggerating about how much better defensively Laird is.

  36. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    I honestly cannot tell if you are kidding or not. But just in case you really are that dumb…

    Avila: 19 home runs, .295 avg, .389 obp, .506 slg, .895 OPS, .383 wOBA, 140 wRC+, 5.5 WAR

    Now stop being weird.

  37. Matt Moore 4 years ago

    Are you being sarcastic or are you just misinformed? Avila was the starting catcher for the all star team and won the silver slugger. Laird hit like .200 and got lucky abd his team won him a championship… Why is he good again?

  38. verlander 4 years ago

    Grandpa Laird?

  39. Evan 4 years ago

    Laird in 2011:  .985 fielding %, threw out only 20%, and only had 3 passed ballsAvila in 2011:  .995 ”             , ”                    32%, ”                  7 passed balls

    ….. i’d say alex is a better defender actually….. and we know the offensive stats

  40. Pawsdeep 4 years ago

    Are you effing with us?!? I thought we were all over the nepotism issue. Wtf?

    You can’t know anything about this game if you seriously think there are many catchers better than avilla. He was amazing last year and hi defense behind the plate was stellar. And the dude batted almost .300 his first full season. Laird hasn’t ever sniffed that BA for gods sakes.

    Share your drugs please. They seem to be potent and I need some strong stuff Agee your last post.

  41. Guest 4 years ago

    inappropriate!

  42. Matt Moore 4 years ago

    Too soon… Too soon…

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