Tag:Gerald Laird
Posted on: January 20, 2009 4:54 pm

Eight More Avoid Arbitration

SI.com's Jon Heyman has seven more players who avoided arbitration today: Jeremy Accardo ($900K), Heath Bell ($1.225MM), Ryan Church ($2.8MM), Gerald Laird ($2.8MM), Javier Lopez ($1.35MM), Bobby Seay ($1.3MM), and Joel Zumaya ($735K).  I think next year we'll put all of these in one constantly-updated post.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says Angel Pagan signed for $575K.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 10:27 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2008 2:25 am

Tigers Acquire Gerald Laird

1:21am: Morosi says the second pitching prospect is indeed Melo.

12:12am: Morosi says an agreement has been reached, and the second prospect is a pitcher.  There's speculation that prospect could be Carlos Melo, as he fits Rosenthal's description.

11:27pm: Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers acquired Laird for Moscoso and a second prospect.  The second prospect "is a 17-year-old who spent last season in the Dominican Summer League."  Could it be shortstops Samuel Ortiz or Domingo Gonzales?  Pitchers Rayni Guichardo or Carlos Melo?  The deal will be announced Monday.  Laird, a Scott Boras client, is under team control through 2010. 

Rosenthal adds that the Tigers are considering Adam Everett and Nick Punto as shortstop options.

9:26pm: According to Jon Paul Morosi of the Detroit Free Press, "The Tigers and Texas Rangers have made significant progress toward a trade that would send catcher Gerald Laird to Detroit and pitching prospect Guillermo Moscoso to the Rangers."  It's not known whether the Tigers would include anyone else.

Baseball America ranks Moscoso tenth among Tigers prospects, noting shoulder woes but suggesting a high ceiling.  They say he could end up a #3 or #4 starter.  He's drawn some comparisons to Jair Jurrjens.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 1:11 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2008 1:43 pm

Rangers Cutting Payroll?

While not making any drastic reductions, the Rangers may be shedding payroll says Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. This could make available Gerald Laird, Hank Blalock, Kevin Millwood, and Vincente Padilla.

"'I wouldn't say we're in cost-cutting mode, but we're certainly conscious of all our expenditures,' [GM Jon] Daniels said. 'We're going to look at all the ways to improve our club. For the most part, we've been focused on trying to add players who fit with our long-term plan. Those are younger players.' ... With more than $51 million committed to seven players and the desire to keep payroll at about the same level as last year ($67 million), some trimming may be necessary."

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said its "reasonable" the Rangers would trade a catcher before Christmas, they have the depth to trade from the position and would prefer to hold onto their younger cheaper options of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden. Says Grant of a possible Laird trade,

"If the Rangers are willing to accept a mid-level minor league pitching prospect, a deal could come together quickly."

Blalock's $6.2MM option was exercised for 2009 but he's in a logjam at first base with Chris Davis. His willingness to move back to third actually increases his appeal to other clubs not looking for a first base/designated hitter type.

Millwood and Padilla are due $11MM and $12MM respectively and are entering contract years.

Posted on: December 7, 2008 1:51 am
Edited on: December 7, 2008 7:53 pm

Winter Meetings Previews

We've added a few new Winter Meetings preview to the collection...

Posted on: December 5, 2008 1:34 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2008 6:36 pm

Tigers Rumors: Everett, Laird, Garcia

5:31pm: The diagnosis for Garcia is just shoulder tightness.  MLB.com's Jason Beck believes he may not sign until after Christmas, because he needs two weeks rest and then hopes to pitch winter ball in front of scouts.

12:32pm: The latest hot stove news involving the Tigers...

Posted on: December 4, 2008 8:26 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2008 12:14 am

Laird May Be Moving

The Texas Rangers have excess catching, and the Tigers, Reds, and Red Sox are all looking to benefit from that surplus.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has the Tigers and Reds at the top of the list of teams interested in the oldest of Texas' catchers, Gerald Laird. Laird is arbitration eligible, and therefore the most attractive option for a trade from the Rangers' perspective. Joshua Roenicke of the Reds and Zach Miner from the Tigers are mentioned as potential trade bait in exchange for Laird.

Sullivan says the Red Sox are more interested in one of Texas' younger catchers: either Jarrod Saltalamacchia, or Taylor Teagarden. Clay Buchholz would not be included in any deal, but Michael Bowden and Justin Masterson may be available.

In a separate article that followed from a conference call with Texas GM Jon Daniels, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out that the Rangers are not in cost cutting mode.  A Laird trade might give that appearance.  Another note from Grant's article - the Rangers aren't in on Koji Uehara or Kenshin Kawakami.

Posted on: December 4, 2008 1:14 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 5:30 pm

Odds and Ends: Teixeira, Izturis, Gaudin

Links for Thursday...

Posted on: December 3, 2008 11:27 am
Edited on: December 3, 2008 11:43 am

Tigers Interested In Laird

According to Jon Paul Morosi of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers continue to have interest in Rangers catcher Gerald LairdEvan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the Tigers "seem to have the most ardent interest" in Laird, and a trade could save Texas nearly $3MM.  Grant believes the Reds are another possibility; would they trade Homer Bailey for him?  Laird, a Scott Boras client, is under team control for two more seasons.

Morosi says the Tigers also like Miguel Montero of the D'Backs, but the teams don't seem to match up well.  Another note - Morosi says the Tigers are not interested in Padres shortstop Khalil Greene.

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