According a report by nationals.com writer Bill Ladson the Washington Nationals have acquired 26-year-old infielder Brandon Laird in a trade with the Kansas City Royals, who signed the '07 New York Yankees' 27th Round pick to a free agent deal this past November. The return for the Royals, according to a tweet by the Nats beat writer is a PTBNL and cash:
Laird played for the Houston Astros in 2012-13 after making his MLB debut with the Yankees as a 23-year-old in 2011. In 53 games over three major league seasons, the Cypress, California-born infielder has a combined .197/.255/.370 line with four doubles and six home runs in 138 plate appearances. Laird hit three of the doubles and five of the home runs last season with Houston.
Laird spent most of the 2013 at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Astros' system, posting a .277/.324/.449 line with 33 doubles and 16 HRs in 119 games and 513 PAs. Over seven minor league seasons, the 1B/3B has a combined .272/.323/.454 line with 184 doubles and 116 HRs in 801 games and 3,318 PAs.
In five games this Spring, Laird is 5 for 13 with a double.