Just to point out all the news isn't Cliff Lee news, the Cardinals agreed to terms with free-agent catcher Gerald Laird to back up Yadier Molina, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports .
MLB.com's Matt Leach reports the deal isn't done, but that doesn't mean it won't be.
Laird, 31, hit .207/.263/.304 for the Tigers last season, but the Cardinals have always looked for a defensive catcher as their backup. Laird is considered excellent behind the plate. And with as much as Molina plays (he's started at least 130 games each of the last two seasons), offense can be secondary for the backup.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans