Laird had a good year for the Tigers in 2012. He batted .282 with two home runs and 11 runs batted in. He was primarily used as a backup for the Tigers, which is what he will be with the Braves. Laird is 33 and will be paid $1.5 million in 2013 and 2014. He also has some ways to make more money with the Braves.
According to the contract he can make an extra $250,000 in 2013 and $500,000 in 2014, depending on how many games he starts for the Braves. Will he make those numbers? I don’t know since Laird is a backup catcher and Brian McCann is a reliable catcher.
How does this affect the White Sox and their plans at catcher? It only affects the White Sox if they were really considering Laird as a backup. I don’t really find Laird that impressive even though he hit .282 for the Tigers in 2012.
The White Sox still have a lot of other options at catcher. There are still good backups out there, if the White Sox decide to stick with Tyler Flowers as the starter. The White Sox also signed rookie Josh Phegley to the 40 man roster, which means that the White Sox like him as well. He could be a potential backup if they don’t like anyone in the market.
Look, the Braves got a good backup catcher, there is no doubt about that. I think that the incentives they offered him in his contract are a bit weird but they still got him cheap.
So White Sox fans, scratch another free agent catcher off the board. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of catchers out there. We shall see what the White Sox decide to do.
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