SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Minor league infielder Brandon Laird was traded to the Nationals by the Royals for a player to be named or cash.
Laird, 26, was a non-roster player in the Royals' Major League camp, but he was reassigned to the Minor Leagues last Monday after hitting .385 (5-for-13) in eight Cactus League games.
Primarily a corner infielder, he's played parts of three seasons in the Majors with the Yankees and Astros with a .197 average in 53 games. His older brother, Gerald Laird, is a catcher with the Braves.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.