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Gerald Laird | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cypress (CA) JC
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (0) / OAK

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Gerald Laird has agreed to a contract with the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.
That comes from MLB Trade Rumors. Laird appeared in just one game at the big league level in 2015 and he batted .204/.275/.257 in 53 games with Atlanta in 2014. The 36-year-old is likely done with Major League Baseball. Thu, Jun 16, 2016 02:57:00 PM

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Diamondbacks released C Gerald Laird.

Laird was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week and made it through waivers unclaimed. The veteran catcher has appeared in just one game this season at the major league level. He turns 36 in November.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Diamondbacks activated C Gerald Laird from the 60-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

The veteran backstop could attract some interest on waivers, otherwise he would continue to provide organizational catching depth for the Diamondbacks. He had been on the shelf with back spasms since early April.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 07:04:00 PM

Diamondbacks transferred C Gerald Laird from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Laird's injury as originally described as lower back spasms, but it's clearly much more serious than that. The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Danny Dorn.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Diamondbacks placed C Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with lower back spasms.

Tuffy Gosewisch and Jordan Pacheco will handle the catching duties for the next couple weeks. A.J. Schugel has replaced Laird on the roster.
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Gerald Laird was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup on Saturday due to back issues.

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wanted the veteran to catch Archie Bradley in his major league debut, but Laird didn't feel good in pregame warmups. Tuffy Gosewisch gets the call instead against the Dodgers.
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 04:10:00 PM

Diamondbacks purchased the contract of C Gerald Laird from Triple-A Reno.

Laird made Arizona's Opening Day roster after going into camp as a non-roster player. He'll share playing time with Tuffy Gosewisch behind the plate, which is likely to be the worst catching situation in the majors.
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 11:56:00 PM

According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, Gerald Laird has signed a five-day extension with the Diamondbacks.

Laird had an opt-out in his contract that had to be exercised (or not) by Tuesday. He'll now remain in camp until Sunday. Arizona is desperate for catching options and despite a batting average of just .200 this spring, it's very likely that Laird will make the Opening Day roster.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Gerald Laird plated the Diamondbacks' lone run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

The veteran backstop had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job behind the plate this spring, but has hit just .200 (5-for-25) with four RBI. He's expected to begin the season as a backup to Tuffy Gosewisch, combining to form the worst catching combination in Major League Baseball.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 10:27:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed C Gerald Laird to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Arizona has badly needed catching depth since trading Miguel Montero, but Laird isn't a very exciting add. The 35-year-old batted just .204/.275/.257 in 167 plate appearances last season for the Braves and he is a .244/.305/.353 career hitter in the majors. Tuffy Gosewisch still projects to be the Diamondbacks' starter.
Mon, Feb 2, 2015 02:33:00 PM

Gerald Laird (oblique) returned to the Braves lineup without missing a beat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

The veteran backstop sat out the previous three contests due to a strained right oblique. He will continue to share the bulk of the playing time with Christian Bethancourt while Evan Gattis is stowed away on the disabled list.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 04:11:00 AM

Gerald Laird (oblique) expects to return to the lineup Friday.

Christian Bethancourt has caught three straight games while Laird nurses a right oblique strain that he originally suffered a couple weeks ago. However, Laird thinks he'll be ready to roll Friday. "If (Bethancourt) wasn’t here I could play, (Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez) knows that," said Laird. "(Gonzalez) just said, let’s nip it in the bud and then Friday will probably be my day to play."
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 09:10:00 AM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that it appears Gerald Laird did not suffer a concussion.

Laird left Thursday's game against the Rockies after he was hit in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing, but it appears he's avoided a serious issue. Consider the catcher day-to-day.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Gerald Laird left Thursday's game against the Rockies in the eighth inning after he was hit in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing.

Laird was on the ground for a moment before being helped off the field. He was replaced in the game by Evan Gattis. The Braves should pass along on update on Laird's status soon, but he'll undoubtedly be tested for a possible concussion.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Gerald Laird went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Rockies.

Laird did most of the heavy lifting for the Braves' offense on Friday, as he delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning and later hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth. The veteran backstop is batting .208/.288/.264 through 18 games this season. He's a perfectly useful backup catcher, but nights like this one figure to be few and far between.
Sat, May 24, 2014 12:03:00 AM

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