UPDATE: It’s a two-year deal. So Laird deserves two years but Ross doesn’t? Financial terms not yet disclosed, but at best the Braves save $2 mil over two years. Penny saved, Braves fucking foolish!
According to Bowman, the Braves are near an agreement with Gerald Laird, late of the Tigers.
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.
In other words, he’s Charlie O’Brien without the power.
UPDATE: DOB says Rossy will be getting $6.25 million over the next two years. The Braves paid Matt Diaz $2 million last year.
Ross should still be a Brave.
It won’t be David Ross, signed to a two-year deal by the effing Red Sox, reports Ken Rosenthal.
Not sure what the offer was, so I’ll reserve judgment, but I assumed Ross would be returning. The Braves lose not only the best reserve catcher in the game but a dependable right-handed bat and great clubhouse guy. I suspect we’ll see someone like Rod Barajas or Miguel Olivo, both free agents, take his place — or try to.
Disquieting news, via Ken Rosenthal:
The Yankees, who want to re-sign Russell Martin, long have had interest in another free-agent catcher, David Ross.
Signing the best back-up backstop in baseball is a must for the Braves, who will likely be without B-Mac for the first month of 2013. Bet on him returning, as Ross seems quite comfortable in Atlanta.