Gerald Laird C ARI 2 Days

Laird's teammate Tuffy Gosewisch was named the Diamondbacks' starting catcher Monday, as reported by the Arizona Republic. General manager Dave Stewart did not guarantee Laird the back up job, but did expect him to compete, "The backup job is not Laird's, but if Laird does make our team we expect him to be a backup to Gosewisch."

Laird's job might be in jeopardy as soon as the D-backs call up Peter O'Brien or once Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez recovers from a broken hamate bone. Laird is 35 years old, and has only started 100 games in a season twice. He might get at-bats on Gosewisch's off days, but Laird is a tough player to roster at this point in his career.

Gerald Laird C ARI 5 Days

Laird appears to be a frontrunner to make the Opening Day roster in a tandem with Tuffy Gosewisch, the Arizona Republic reports.

It's unclear if Laird or Gosewisch will receive the Opening Day nod, but the playing time could be split pretty evenly until the D-backs gain confidence in Peter O'Brien's defense, or until Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez recovers from a broken hamate bone. Neither Laird nor Gosewisch offer much with the bat, but an improved Arizona lineup should enable whichever player is getting more at-bats to accrue a modicum of value as an endgame option in deeper NL-only formats.

Gerald Laird C ARI 2 Months

Laird will sign a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

Laird, 35, saw time in 53 games for the Braves last season, struggling to a .204/.275/.257 slash line with a .532 OPS in 152 at-bats. It was the lowest mark of his career and a sign that his effectiveness as a hitter may be waning at this point in his career. If Laird makes the team out of spring training, it will likely be due to his contributions behind the plate, rather than what he's able to do as a hitter.

Gerald Laird C ARI 5 Months

Laird elected free agency.

Laird struggled to the tune of a .532 OPS in 2014, the lowest mark of his 11-year career and more than 200 points below his 2013 number (.739). Veteran catching depth is always in demand, but Laird will turn 35 next week and may have to settle for a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Gerald Laird C ARI 9 Months

Gerald Laird returned to action on Friday July 4.

Gerald Laird C ARI 9 Months

Gerald Laird (oblique) expects to return to the lineup Friday.

Christian Bethancourt has caught three straight games while Laird nurses a right oblique strain that he originally suffered a couple weeks ago. However, Laird thinks he'll be ready to roll Friday. "If (Bethancourt) wasn't here I could play, (Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez) knows that," said Laird. "(Gonzalez) just said, let's nip it in the bud and then Friday will probably be my day to play."

Gerald Laird C ARI 9 Months

Gerald Laird returned to action on Saturday June 14.

Gerald Laird C ARI 10 Months

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that it appears Gerald Laird did not suffer a concussion.

Laird left Thursday's game against the Rockies after he was hit in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing, but it appears he's avoided a serious issue. Consider the catcher day-to-day.

Gerald Laird C ARI 10 Months

Gerald Laird left Thursday's game against the Rockies in the eighth inning after he was hit in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing.

Laird was on the ground for a moment before being helped off the field. He was replaced in the game by Evan Gattis. The Braves should pass along on update on Laird's status soon, but he'll undoubtedly be tested for a possible concussion.

Gerald Laird C ARI 10 Months

Gerald Laird went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Rockies.

Laird did most of the heavy lifting for the Braves' offense on Friday, as he delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning and later hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth. The veteran backstop is batting .208/.288/.264 through 18 games this season. He's a perfectly useful backup catcher, but nights like this one figure to be few and far between.