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Nats acquire IF Brandon Laird from Royals

Mar 16, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

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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.

  1. natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman starting today at 3rd base. By his comments I’m guessing the pain from his shoulder was bothering him throwing rather than swinging the bat.

  2. natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Baseball gods have been extremely cruel to pitchers elbows in March 2014.

    “@Plesac19: #DBacks Patrick Corbin has UCL damage on his left elbow. Seeking 2nd opinion but does NOT sound good. Big blow to snakes rotation.”

    • Faraz Shaikh - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      or could be a blessing in disguise if Bradley joins their rotation.

  3. natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman at 1st base!

  4. natinalsgo - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    “@Nationals: Steve Souza Jr. does it again! He crushes another home run to deep left field. #Nats lead 2-0 here in Kissimmee.”

  5. chiefwj - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Report from Kissimmee:

    Just back from Osceola County Stadium. Gio looked pretty relaxed out there; so relaxed that he got a late start to cover first on a diving stop by Peterson. Runner called out, & Gio looked embarrassed. Stuff was good, but started a lot of the hitters 2-0. Was pulled after 4 2/3 when he probably reached pitch count.

    Brock Peterson (per prior thread) seems like a good fundamentals guy–one diving stop (see above) and a good scoop at first. Has some power (see homer into wind in Viera last Thursday).

    Souza may be a sleeper as RH hitting OF. Two homers were wind-aided, but triple was to right center. Showed some speed on the triple & appears to have a decent arm.

    Brian Goodwin can fly.

    Soriano out for exercise again. Don’t know if anything can be read into his results.

    Garcia was not overwhelming–a few outs were well hit.

    Zach Walters SS defense may be questionable, but he looked like a major league 3B today.

    Espi is Nats’ best defensive SS, IMO, but didn’t look great with the bat.

    For the Astros: George Springer looks like a ball player. Japhet Amador, who DH’d today, is listed at 305 lbs. May be bigger.

  6. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Good stuff. Thanks, chief!

  7. Sonny G 10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    I wonder why on earth did we acquire another infielder. He doesn’t sound much like a hitting prospect.

  8. Theophilus T.S. - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    I don’t think Souza qualifies as a sleeper anymore.

  9. David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Boswell wrote a column on the Nats lineup. This is his ideal lineup:

    Span
    Rendon
    Harper/Zim
    Werth
    Harper/Zim
    Desmond
    LaRoche
    Ramos

    He has Harper batting third against righties and 5th against lefties, with Zim flip-flopping with him.

    • nats128 - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Rendon sure is getting alot of reps at leadoff.

      Hard to imagine Ramos hitting 8th again with his clutch hitting.

    • zmunchkin - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Here is the link to the article. It is well thought out and exposes lots of nuances of why constructing a line-up is hard.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/taking-a-swing-at-the-washington-nationals-opening-day-lineup/2014/03/16/ca7cf596-ad2b-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html

      He also had a number of variations of the line-up that DP listed. For example, he has Desmond as an alternative to Desmond in the 2 spot. But says the downside is you lose a lot of RBI chances by moving Desi up. Likewise, he puts LaRoche at 7 because he has incredibly good numbers when he bats 7th – and thinks it is time to find out if that is just a fluke.

      • zmunchkin - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Obviously meant Desmond as an alternative to Rendon in the 2 spot.

  10. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Could be just organizational depth at the corners, maybe. Could be they are exploring a trade. Could be that they’re thinking Jamey Carrol won’t make the 25 and won’t want to take a minor league gig. Could just be a free move, given that it’s a PTBNL.

  11. Drew - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    I think Sofa’s right. Carroll is 40 years old. He won’t take a minor league assignment. Laird is glove depth in case of injuries.

    Walters and Kobernus have skills, but they don’t have Carroll’s glove.

    • nats128 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      I agree. How many errors does Walters have so far.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Think about a couple of years ago, when pretty much every catcher in the organization, and then Suzuki, wound up on the MLB roster at some point. So if something like that, bbg forbid, should happen at first or third base, it be better to have a guy stashed who has played MLB if you can. We are long removed from the days of Larry Broadway.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Man, I wish we could edit our comments.

      • Eric - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        +1

      • zmunchkin - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        +2

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      Stan Kasten used to call it “inventory.”

  12. NatsLady - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/16/lefty-reliever-bill-bray-announces-his-retirement/

    Thank you to the #Nationals and #Reds for the wonderful opportunities to play in the Major Leagues!— Bill Bray (@wpbray) March 17, 2014

    • nats128 - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Classy. I was sorry to see when he was traded.

    • ehay2k - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Sorry to see that. Did you see the stat about Bray vs. Fielder and Howard? I’m not sure about the sample size, but geez, he OWNED them. (Zero walks too!)

  13. nats128 - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Rendon seems to be getting on base alot. Looks like a top of the lineup guy. Only issue I see is that it moves Ramos back in the lineup.

  14. Eric - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Any word on Fister today that I missed? I’m guessing he didn’t pitch in a MiLB game today, and I’ve seen no word about how his elbow is feeling. The later is a change from the daily comments since his first day throwing after the soreness began. Makes me nervous.

    • Eric - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      The *latter

    • David Proctor - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Let me call your nerves Eric. Fister felt fine today and is scheduled to throw 2 innings in a minor league game tomorrow (Ramos will also be playing in that game to catch him). If that goes well, he’ll slot back into the spring rotation after the off day on the 18th where Williams says he plans to set the rotation 1-5 for the regular season.

      • Eric - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Fantastic thanks!

      • Sonny G 10 - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        +1

  15. Doc - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Kobernus and Walters may not have Carroll’s 40 year old glove, but ol’ Jamey doesn’t have their range—-or bats.

    Let’s get real here!

    Maybe we could coax Davey out of retirement—to play 2nd base while were at it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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