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11/13/1979 (37 y, 3 m, 15 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 2, Overall: 45, Team: Oakland Athletics
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Laird (back) was activated from the 60-day DL and designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday. (8/20/2015)
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Year in Review:
Laird’s offensive numbers were down from his solid 2008. In 100 more plate appearances he had fewer homers (just four), runs (49), and RBI (33) in 2009 than in 2008, and he hit just .225. One probable cause of the dip was his move from the homer-friendly Ballpark at Arlington to Comerica, a pitcher’s park. His HR/FB rate was 2.7%, nearly a career low. Another reason for his poor offensive performance was a career low BABIP: his BABIP has been good for a catcher – career average of .297 – but in 2009 it was an abysmal .267. He had five stolen bases, tied for sixth-best amongst catchers.
The Year Ahead:
Laird should lose some playing time in 2010 to Alex Avila – the Tigers’ promising young catcher who hit five homers in just 68 PAs in ‘09. This uncertainty in PAs, combined with Laird’s limited production when he plays, puts him in the bottom third of fantasy catchers. Assuming he gets 400 PAs, he should hit around .250 with 45 runs, 35 RBI, maybe four homers, and four steals. The best-case scenario is that some of the loss of power was a fluke, and not entirely related to the move to Comerica, and the Tigers limit Avila’s innings behind the plate. That would allow Laird to get closer to 500 PAs with about eight homers, 50 runs, 45 RBI, and hits .275. But that sequence of events is very unlikely, and it is, on the other hand, possible that Avila gets the starting job and Laird is limited to just 250-ish PAs. (Dave Allen)
If you're reading a fantasy profile for Gerald Laird, then you're either lost, incredibly bored, or in something like a 38-team NL-only league. "One Man, Five Tools" won't even help you much in a Bizarro league, as he's been signed to back up Yadier Molina in St. Louis. It's really too bad, since Laird can't run, hit for average or power, and yet used to get marched out there almost every day in Detroit (to be fair, he's a good defender). He's a Jason Kendall in training, except without the playing time. If that appeals to you, go nuts. Otherwise, go to bed, it's Gerald Laird. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Laird should be one of the first player off of the board in most Bizarro leagues, except that he's backing up Yadier Molina. Then again, maybe LaRussa will develop a Kenneday/Rasmus/Rolen relationship with Molina… Hope!
Laird returns to the Tigers to back up 2011 breakout Alex Avila. Luckily for Avila, Laird is no threat to his playing time, as he hits too many fly balls for someone with below average power. (Mike Podhorzer)
Laird joins the Braves as a possible starting catcher -- Brian McCann may not be 100% and David Ross (signed by the Red Sox) won't be back. The problem with 32-year-old Laird is he has almost no real baseball talents and even fewer fantasy talents. He can't hit for power. Three home runs over the past two seasons is fed by a 3% home run per fly ball ratio. He has even less speed with one stolen base over the last two seasons. In 2012, he did find some plate discipline which helped lower his strikeouts and increase his batting average. From 2003 to 2011 he had a 19% strikeout rate and a .241 batting average. In 2012, he dropped his K% to 11% and thereby increased his average to .282. The cause for the drop in strikeouts was a swinging strike percentage (4%) at half of his career value (8%). There is no way to determine if the discipline and contact will follow him into 2013, but it won't matter if he isn't getting any at bats as the Braves' catcher. Laird will probably get into every fourth game or so if he is lucky. Stay away unless he is the starter and only then in NL-only or deep deep leagues. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Gerald Laird's fantasy value's ceiling involves him becoming Atlanta's full-time catcher early in the season.
With Brian McCann headed north to New York and the acquisition of Ryan Doumit, Laird's role with the club is not set in stone. He'll probably be rostered as a backup, but it's unclear if there will be much playing time available when the team is at full strength. Laird has been a solid backup catcher in limited work these past two seasons and has posted a batting average above .280 in each. Unfortunately, that's the extent of the upside in his fantasy profile since he doesn't have much in the way of power and will probably bat eighth when he plays. Owners in very deep leagues (at least 30 catchers rostered) may consider taking a flier on him as a backup in case he does see increased playing time. That could happen if an outfielder gets injured or Gattis fails to repeat his strong 2013 season. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Laird enters the season as the club's second or third catcher. His offensive potential is severely limited due to a lack of power, so he's a non-factor in nearly all fantasy leagues.
Laird was very bad last year and is now 35 years old. He is currently a free agent and will be a backup catcher at best if a team does pick him up. (Ben Duronio)
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