By: John Wickham

The Braves after losing C David Ross to the Red Sox, quickly sign C Gerald Laird to a 2-year deal. In 2012 he hit .282 with 2 home runs, a .337 OBP and .374 slugging percentage in 191 plate appearances. For his career he has .244 career batting average with a .303 OBP, 37 homers and 215 RBIs in 698 games over 10 seasons with Texas, St. Louis and Detroit. Laird has thrown out 27 percent of runners attempting to steal over the past three seasons and 35 percent for his career, but Laird’s success rate in 2012 slipped to 19.2 percent (10-for-42). Most of that can be contributed to the Tigers pitchers doing a poor job holding runners/getting the ball to the plate quickly, which the Braves have problems with as well.

According to a twitter report from Ken Rosenthal, the Braves are in on free agent outfielder Cody Ross.

On Thursday the Braves hosted free agent CF B.J. Upton with GM Frank Wren and Manager Fredi Gonzalez in attendance at the ballpark for the meeting. The 28-year-old CF who in 2012 had a career-high 28 homers with 31 stolen bases, also recorded a career-high 169 strikeouts and compiled a .298 OBP. He has combined to hit .242 with a .317 OBP and a .436 slugging percentage over the past three seasons.