Braves Close To Signing Gerald Laird

The Braves are close to reaching an agreement with catcher Gerald Laird, reports's Mark Bowman (on Twitter). He's a CSE client.

Laird, 33, hit .282/.337/.374 with two homers in 191 plate appearances for the Tigers last season, his best offensive year since 2008. He's a career .244/.303/.359 hitter in the big leagues and has thrown out approximately 27% of attempted basestealers over the last three years.

Atlanta is looking for a new backup catcher behind Brian McCann after David Ross signed with the Red Sox. Laird did not make Tim Dierkes' Top 50 Free Agents List.

This post was originally published on November 15th.

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