Tigers Acquire Laird from Texas; Pass up on Jake Taylor

Posted by Bob Biscigliano in , , ,

Tigers have sent two minor league prospects to Texas in exchange for veteran catcher Gerald Laird. The prospects the Tigers sent to Texas were right-handed pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Charles Melo.

With the first official trade of the Winter Meetings, the Tigers have found their starting catcher and will pass up on the opportunity of signing Tom Berenger. Laird threw out 21 out of 74 would-be basestealers while recording a .986 fielding percentage and allowing six passed balls in 2008. He batted .276 over 344 at-bats this past season with 24 doubles, six home runs and 41 RBIs, including a .299 batting average on the road.

I like this trade. Obviously the Tigers needed a catcher and we probably got the best one on the trading block. Only 133 days until Opening Day and only 130 days until I see the Tags play the Braves at Turner Field for their final two spring training games.



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