The Nationals acquired infielder Brandon Laird from the Royals in a trade for a player to be named later, according to MLB.com. Laird signed with the Royals in the offseason after batting .169/.224/.423 with five homers and 11 RBI with the last season.
The Royals announced several roster moves Monday, which included sending top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer to minor-league camp. Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks, Sugar Ray Marimon, Juan Graterol, Brandon Laird, Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando were also reassigned to minor-league camp. The Royals also optioned Chris Dwyer to Triple-A Omaha, while optioning John Lamb, Cheslor Cuthbert and Lane Adams to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
The Royals announced Thursday they invited 16 players to spring training as non-roster invitees. The most notable name on the list is pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer, who was considered a top 50 prospect last season by Baseball America and MLB.com. The other non-roster invitees are Jason Adam, Aaron Brooks, Sugar Ray Marimon, Cory Wade, P.J. Walters, Scott Alexander, Juan Graterol, Ramon Hernandez, Adam Moore, Jason Donald, Brandon Laird, Jorge Bonifacio, Gorkys Hernandez, Melky Mesa and Paulo Orlando.
The Royals agreed to sign infielder Brandon Laird to a minor league deal Saturday, according to the Kansas City Star. Laird played in 25 games with the Astros in 2013, and he hit .169 with five home runs and 11 RBI.
The Astros outrighted pitcher Philip Humber, infielder Brandon Laird and catchers Cody Clark and Matt Pagnozzi off the 40-man roster Wednesday. Humber went 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in 54 2/3 innings over 17 appearances (seven starts) with the major-league team. Laird hit .169/.224/.423 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 71 at-bats. Clark went 4 for 38 with Houston and hit .217/.258/.273 in 143 at-bats with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Pagnozzi went 3 for 21 with the Astros after being purchased by the team from the Braves in early September.