When the Yankees claimed first baseman Steve Pearce off waivers last week with the plan to use him off the bench against lefties, I said it was a job Brandon Laird was capable of and a sign that the Yankees didn’t believe in him. Shortly after that he was designated for assignement and now he has been claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
Laird, 24, got a very brief taste of the majors with the Yankees last year, but never got his chance again this season. In 130 games down in Triple-A he hit just .254/.307/.414 which is just not going to cut it in the Bronx (unless you are Raul Ibanez or Ichiro Suzuki).
A move to Houston could be just what Laird ordered though as they are in the cellar and it could be a solid opportunity for him to actually get some major league playing time. I doubt he’ll do much with it, but at least he’ll get a chance.