December 8, 2008

Tigers Get Their Catcher

Well, the Tigers once again barely set the suitcases down in the hotel room before getting down to business. Moving quickly to fill a hole, they acquired catcher Gerald Laird for pitching prospects Guillermo Moscoso and  Carlos Melo.

Laird is a quality catcher who can hit, and he’ll give Dusty Ryan time to grow into the starting job in a couple years. All in all, a nice pick-up for the Tigers.

It did come at a price, however. Moscoso was considered a top prospect, and close to reaching the majors. The worst news is that he’s been compared to Jair Jurrjens by some.

It is good to see them addressing one of their main offseason needs so soon. Hopefully just the start of a very productive week

7 Comment(s)

  1. Greg Rice | Dec 8, 2008 | Reply

    Having watched Gerald Laird for the last few years here in Texas, I am please that the Tigers have picked up a decent catcher in order to let Brandon Inge stay at third base where he is clearly happier. I’m hoping that the pickup of Adam Everett can solidify the shortstop at least for the short run until a more permanent solution can be found. Now we just need a closer! And hopefully we can be spared the fiasco that was 2008!

  2. Jim Craddock | Dec 8, 2008 | Reply

    With Laird and Everett (relatively cheap) solutions at C and SS, maybe they can find some extra cash for the bullpen.

  3. Doug | Dec 9, 2008 | Reply

    I got no beef with Gerald Laird. He’ll do fine in the role he’ll be given.

    My beef is with the Everett signing. Please tell me he’s going to platoon with Santiago? If not, I don’t know how they can sell him as an upgrade over Ramon. They’re virtually identical statistically save Everett having walked into 11 HRs back in ’05. What’s more, Santiago offers you a switch hitter and all Everett is is another right-handed bat.

    And good news with the signing of K-Rod by the Mets. If those numbers are accurate, doesn’t that drive down Kerry Wood’s pricetag a smidge?

  4. Jim Craddock | Dec 9, 2008 | Reply

    While I’m not thrilled with the Everett signing, I am encouraged that it means more PT for Santiago, which he deserves.

    Looks like Wood is out of the picture, getting ready to sign with Cleveland (oh, great!). That leaves overpaying in trade for Putz, who it looks like will cost Larish, Joyce and possibly an arm.

  5. sean | Dec 10, 2008 | Reply

    Great move. I love our newly fine-tooled infield.

    -s

  6. Jake Morley | Dec 14, 2008 | Reply

    Anyone know what number Laird is going to wear? Inge is obviously already #15.

  7. Mike McClary | Dec 15, 2008 | Reply

    I just checked the roster online and they haven’t publicly assigned a number to Laird. I’m guessing he’ll wear 12, 16 or 19. Though Jeff Larish is assigned #19 on the Tigers Web site, in the Arizona Fall League he was wearing #7. Maybe that’s his new number?

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