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Royals deal Minor Leaguer Laird to Nationals

Royals deal Minor Leaguer Laird to Nationals

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 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.