DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with catcher Gerald Laird.

Laird saw action in 37 games with the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2011 season, hitting .232 (22×95) with seven doubles, a triple, home run and 12 RBI.

“Gerald is a veteran catcher that is familiar with both our pitching staff and organization,” Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. “As a righthanded hitter, he is the solid complement to Alex Avila as our back-up catcher for the 2012 season.”

In nine seasons at the major league level with the Texas Rangers (2003-08), Tigers (2009-10) and Cardinals (2011), Laird is hitting .241 (483×2003) with 113 doubles, eight triples, 35 home runs and 204 RBI in 635 games.

Laird has compiled a .988 fielding percentage behind the plate during his major league career, while he has thrown out 35.3 percent of baserunners attempting to steal (163×462). He threw out 36.0 percent of baserunners attempting to steal (157×436) beginning with the 2004 season through the 2010 season, second-best among all American League catchers during that stretch.


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