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    Braves sign Gerald Laird to a two year deal

    ‏@mlbbowman Sounds like the Braves are close to reaching an agreement with veteran catcher Gerald Laird.
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    Not exactly thrilled about this choice. Maybe he starts off hot, then Mac returns once he cools off. I'd rather have Ross who's 2-3 years older.

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    If he is half the price of what Ross got I'll be thrilled. One of the two guys I wanted after Ross left.

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    Laird is a backup. He is what he is......

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    If he can call a good game and is good defensively (and of course much cheaper than ross b/c if not then why didn't we just keep Ross?). I'll take it.

    Rossy spoiled us. Plain and simple. We will now enter the realm of what a backup catcher normally looks like...just like the majority of the league.


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    At least the Braves have their 8 hole hitter for April. Happiest guy about this? Dan Uggla. No one will give him **** with Laird in the game. The Braves could bring back Conrad and Melky, and this guy would take the heat off them.

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    They will always give Uggs ****. He's making that contract...


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    Is Pierzynski totally out of the question??
    Die hard Atlanta Braves, Dallas Cowboys and New York Knicks fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCSJR2 View Post
    Is Pierzynski totally out of the question??
    Yes. Too much money and i doubt he take a 1 year deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCSJR2 View Post
    Is Pierzynski totally out of the question??
    We needed a backup not a starter, he will want starter money. Least 6m a season plus.

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    Laird is a solid backup. I mentioned him as soon as Ross signed elsewhere.
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    Laird is pretty ****** but I guess he's going to be cheap. I'd rather not over-spend on a backup catcher since gauging their production is dicey anyway and they're so injury prone. Good to put better use of that money in our bench, 2 outfield holes, and a bullpen arm or possibly 2.

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    The ultimate "meh" signing.

    I'll wait for the numbers, but if it means they can invest more into the OF/bench acquisitions, then fine.

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    If he is really cheap and the Braves want to be frugal to make a big splash elsewhere, it's cool.

    That said, I can't say I understand Wren exercising Mac's option and letting Ross go. Honestly, neither probably were in the long-term plans, but Ross would have been cheaper and healthier. I'm certainly hoping the Braves don't try to sign McCann after this season.

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    Just shows how good we had it with Ross last few years. Laird a decent backup. Just like to know how much...

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