MLB

Atlanta Braves
2014 Avg.
.204
 
Career Avg.
.244
Name  Gerald Laird
Born  11/13/1979
Height  6-1
Weight  225
Number  18
Position  C
Bats  R
Throws  R
9/29/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird went 4-for-4 Sunday in a win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Laird reached on a walk in his other plate appearance. He'll finish the series with six hits in 13 trips to the plate (three walks).
 
11/15/2012 10:08:00 AM
Description: Mark Bowman from MLB.com reports that catcher Gerald Laird is close to signing with the Braves.
Insight: Laird would likely serve as the backup to starter Brian McCann. He probably won't hold much fantasy value unless McCann suffers an injury.
 
10/17/2012 10:05:00 AM
Description: You don't think immediately of offense when Detroit catcher Gerald Laird's name comes up, but he's a .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Laird batted .282 this season in limited action, but is just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts in this postseason.
 
6/21/2012 12:01:00 PM
Description: Detroit catcher Gerald Laird will be available for Thursday's game against St. Louis. Laird exited Wednesday night's game with a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Laird (.302, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) isn't in the starting lineup and should have a much-reduced role in fantasy going forward now that Alex Avila is healthy again.
 
12/14/2010 5:36:00 PM
Description: Gerald Laird has agreed to a one-year $1 million deal with St. Louis. SOURCE: JON HEYMAN
Insight: He will be Yadier Molina's backup and that typically doesn't result in a lot of starts. He is even a poor option in two-catcher NL-Only leagues.
 
12/14/2010 11:00:00 AM
Description: SI.com's Jon Heyman reports the Cardinals have agreed to a deal with Laird.
Insight: Laird could settle in as the Cardinals' backup catcher behind Yadier Molina. (RapidDraft.com)
 
9/3/2010 10:01:00 AM
Description: Laird hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 13th inning to give the Tigers a win over the Twins on Thursday night.
Insight: Laird is hitting .205 with five home runs and 23 RBI this season. (RapidDraft.com)
 
8/30/2010 12:05:00 PM
Description: MLive.com reports Laird was unavailable for Sunday's game due to back spasms.
Insight: Laird is expecting to return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Twins. (SportsBuff.com)
 
8/18/2010 11:20:00 AM
Description: The Associated Press reports Laird (arm) left Tuesday night's game against the Yankees after breaking a blood vessel in his arm.
Insight: Laird's arm swelled up to the point he could not straighten it. He is considered day-to-day, and Alex Avila will handle catching duties for Detroit in his absence. (SportsBuff.com)
 
8/5/2010 11:29:00 AM
Description: Gerald Laird is behind the dish for today's afternoon game against the White Sox. SOURCE: Tigers' Official Site
Insight: Laird has been struggling a lot, but so has the other catcher for Detroit, meaning his at-bats won't be limited for right now. His lack of production give him value in AL-only formats at best.
 
7/21/2010 11:06:00 PM
Description: Laird went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Insight: Laird is hitting just .190 with three home runs and 15 RBI this season. He is not in the lineup for his offense. (SportsBuff.com)
 
6/18/2010 7:59:00 PM
Description: According to the Tigers' Twitter feed, Laird (neck) was scratched from Friday's lineup against Arizona due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Laird is considered day-to-day. Alex Avila will be behind the place in his place against Diamondbacks' starter (and former Tiger) Dontrelle Willis. (SportsBuff.com)
 
6/16/2010 12:28:00 AM
Description: Laird went 3-for-4 with a run scored against Washington on Tuesday night.
Insight: Laird is still hitting just .178 this season, so this three-hit game should not be considered a sign of a coming hot streak. (SportsBuff.com)
 
5/10/2010 4:35:00 PM
Description: Tigers.com reports Laird will start at catcher on Monday night against the Yankees.
Insight: This will be Laird's first start in almost a week, as he has lost playing time to Alex Avila. He will have to produce better offensively to earn more starts. (SportsBuff.com)
 
5/6/2010 1:29:00 PM
Description: MLive.com reports Laird (left shin) said he would be ready to return to the lineup on Friday
Insight: Alex Avila hit two home runs on Wednesday in Laird's absence, and unless he starts to hit he could lose some playing time to the young catcher. (SportsBuff.com)
 
5/4/2010 11:42:00 PM
Description: The Associated Press reports Laird (left shin) suffered a bruised left shin against the Twins on Tuesday night.
Insight: X-rays were negative, and Laird is considered day-to-day at this point. Alex Avila replaced him in the game, and could step into more playing time if he has to miss any time. (SportsBuff.com)
 
4/19/2010 10:05:00 PM
Description: Tigers.com reports Laird (back) is not in Monday night's lineup against the Angels.
Insight: Alex Avila will start in his place against Angels' starter Joel Piniero. (SportsBuff.com)
 
3/11/2010 10:56:00 AM
Description: Laird hit a grand slam off of Yankees' pitcher Joba Chamberlain on Wednesday.
Insight: Laird has tried a new batting stance this spring, and it appears to be working as he is hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBI so far. If he can recapture his 2008 offensive form, he could be someone for fantasy owners to watch. (SportsBuff.com)
 
3/1/2010 9:59:00 AM
Description: MLB.com reports Laird has altered his batting stance in an attempt to improve last season's .225 batting average.
Insight: Laird plays excellent defense, so he is likely to get a lot of playing time regardless of what he does with a bat in his hand. Young Alex Avila is lurking to potentially take playing time away if he struggles again offensively though. (SportsBuff.com)
 
1/20/2010 8:29:00 AM
Description: The Tigers avoided arbitration with Laird as they signed him to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Insight: Laird hit .225 with four home runs and 33 RBI last season with the Tigers. (SportsBuff.com)
 

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