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November 15, 2012 9:04 AM

Rumor Mill: Former Cardinals catcher Gerald Laird close to deal with Atlanta

As much as the Cardinals claimed to like Gerald Laird when he was here in 2011 as Yadier Molina's understudy, it seems odd that the club didn't make an effort to bring him back into the fold earlier this week. According to, Laird is close to inking a contract to be the backup catcher in Atlanta after his re-union with Detroit lasted only one year.

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