Mar 16, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT
The Nationals made a minor trade on Saturday night, acquiring infielder Brandon Laird from the Kansas City Royals. The Royals’ return has not yet been announced, but is said to be either a player to be named later or cash.
Laird is the brother of Braves catcher Gerald Laird. He’s 26 years old and a former 27th round pick of the Yankees.
Laird has spent parts of the last three seasons in the majors with a total of 53 MLB games to his name. He debuted with the Yankees in 2011 before playing the last two years with Houston.
In 138 plate appearances Laird holds a career .197 average with six home runs and 16 RBI.
Laird was signed by the Royals as a free agent in November. He appeared in eight spring games with Kansas City this year, going 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and two RBI.
MLB.com first reported the trade.
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