The Braves have agreed to sign Gerald Laird, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). MLB.com's Mark Bowman, who first reported that the two sides were close to a deal, says it's a two-year contract (on Twitter). Laird is a CSE client. The 33-year-old catcher hit .282/.337/.374 with two homers in 191 plate appearances for the Tigers last season, his best offensive year since 2008. Laird is a career .244/.303/.359 hitter in the big leagues and has thrown out approximately 27% of attempted basestealers over the last three years. Atlanta needed a new backup catcher behind Brian McCann after David Ross signed with the Red Sox. Laird did not make Tim Dierkes' Top 50 Free Agents List.
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