The Nationals acquired infielder Brandon Laird from the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a person familiar with the deal. Laird, 26, will report to minor league camp.
Brandon Laird is the younger brother of Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird. In Royals big league camp, Laird went 5 for 13 with two RBI in eight games. He was in the Royals first round of cuts from major league spring training on Monday.
Laird was drafted in the 27th round of the 2007 draft by the New York Yankees. He made his major league debut with them in 2011, played in 11 games and went 3 for 21. He spent the past two seasons in the Houston Astros organization, playing 42 games in that span in the majors and hitting .198.
Laird played 119 games at Houston’s Class AAA affiliate last season and posted a slash line of .277/.324/.449 and 16 home runs. Throughout his minor league career, he has primarily played first and third base, with some limited time in the outfield. He has also shown some power, hitting 116 home runs in 801 career minor league games and a slugging percentage of .454.