• by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Nationals acquire Brandon Laird from Royals

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Royals roster moves include sending Kyle Zimmer to minors

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Kyle Zimmer headlines list of Royals' non-roster invitees

    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.

  • by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

    Royals to pick up Brandon Laird

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Astros outright four off 40-man roster

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Brandon Laird recalled from Triple-A

    The Astros recalled first baseman Brandon Laird from Triple-A Oklahoma City following Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Oakland. Laird batted .277 with 16 homers and 79 RBI in 470 at-bats.

  • by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com

    Astros demote Brandon Laird

    The Houston Astros optioned third baseman Brandon Laird to Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday to clear roster space, MLB.com reports. The 25-year-old Laird was hitting .200 over 35 at-bats with two homers and five RBI.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Brandon Laird hits home run and two doubles

    Astros first baseman Brandon Laird had an excellent day out of the third spot in the order Wednesday afternoon, hitting two doubles as well as his second home run of the season. It was his first game with a hit since his season debut April 20, when he also homered for the Astros while hitting third. The three extra-base hits raise Laird's line to .294/.333/.765 in 18 plate appearances this season.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Astros call up Brandon Laird

    The Astros have called up corner infielder Brandon Laird. The 25-year-old Laird was off to a strong start in Triple-A, hitting .353/.364/.569 in 55 plate appearances. He has experience playing first and third base in the majors and could see time at both spots with the Astros. The team sent Brett Wallace to Triple-A to make room for Laird.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Brandon Laird continues to impress; in mix for roster spot

    Astros infielder Brandon Laird came on in relief of injured first baseman Brett Wallace Thursday and took Justin Verlander deep for his fifth home run of the spring. Laird has seen time at first base and third base this spring as he tries to make the opening-day roster. "I feel it's going pretty well," Laird told MLB.com. "I'm doing whatever they ask me to do. At the plate right now, I'm feeling pretty good and confident and just getting good pitches, just getting in good hitters' counts and putting good swings on it."