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.
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