Laird Claimed By Astros

2010 Eastern League MVP Brandon Laird was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Astros

The Brandon Laird era is over.  Chad Jennings was the first to report that the 2010 Eastern League MVP was claimed on waivers by the Houston Astros.

The 24-year-old third baseman made big strides towards the big leagues with a monster season in the capital city two seasons ago, hitting .291 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in 107 games before being promoted to Triple-A Scranton in July.

Laird made his debut with the Yankees in 2011, but hit just .190 in 11 games and would never get another opportunity.  That, in part, is because he was never able to recapture the magic of 2010.  His average dipped to .254 in 130 games with Scranton this season, but he still hit 15 home runs and drove in 77 runs.

Laird’s acquisition by Houston will likely be a good short-term move for him, considering he was unlikely to have received another major league opportunity from the Yankees and will get one with the Astros.  But long-term, Laird may be back in the same boat if the Astros are as active in free agency as many expect they could be after a horrific 2012 season.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

2 Responses to “Laird Claimed By Astros”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    congratulations to Brandon. i have known him for years and its so good to see him get with a team that believes in youth and not fossils. Brandon great job on getting the hell out of there see u in the big leagues soon

  2. Anonymous Says:

    hmmmmm already in the big leagues wow great job u must feel like u died and went to heaven instead of toiling in the AAA hell hole of Scranton stylin and profilin jet leer flyn limo drivin nice congrats brandon

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