Catcher Gerald Laird's new contract with the Atlanta Braves is worth $3 million over the next two seasons. Laird could also receive incentive bonuses of up to $750,000. The incentives will be based on how many games that Laird starts in the season, which will be affected depending how quickly Brian McCann recovers from shoulder surgery.
Last season with the Detroit Tigers, Laird hit .282 in 63 games. He hit eight doubles, a triple and two home runs while knocking in 11 RBIs. He also struck out 21 times and was walked during 14 at bats. On the defensive side, he had a .990 fielding percentage, committing only four errors last season. He also recorded 22 assists and caught 10 runners stealing.
Pitchers and catchers will report to the Braves' spring training facility at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Feb. 11, 2013. The team's first spring training game is scheduled for Feb. 22 against the Detroit Tigers.