Gerald Laird C ATL Aug 26 '78

According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, the Braves are nearing an agreement with catcher Gerald Laird.

The 33-year-old will fill the backup job left vacant by David Ross, who signed a two-year deal with the Red Sox earlier this week. Laird hit .282/.337/.374 with two homers and 11 RBI in 191 plate appearances this past season for the American League-champion Tigers.

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