The Atlanta Braves have wasted little time in finding a replacement to fill the role of backup catcher. Gerald Laird will take over the position formerly cocupied by David Ross. Ross signed with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason.
Like Ross, the Braves have gotten themselves a pretty good backup behind the plate. Laird should prove to be a serviceable bat when he replaces Brian McCann in the lineup.
Last season Laird batted .282/.337/.374 over 191 appearances at the plate for the Detroit Tigers. During his 10 year career, Laird has played for Texas, Detroit and St. Louis.
The Braves are now likely to turn their focus to the outfield where they have two holes to fill. With Michael Bourn becoming a free agent and Martin Prado moving to third base (Chipper Jones retirement) the Braves will have to act fact to find productive players on the open market.