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Tigers Reportedly On Verge Of Signing Gerald Laird

The Detroit Tigers are set to bring back catcher Gerald Laird, according to Jon Morosi. Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday morning that the Tigers were close to signing a backup catcher, and apparently the backup catcher is Laird and not Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach was a possibility for the in recent days, but Laird is now their top choice.

Laird spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in Detroit as their starting catcher. He had a batting average of .225 and .207 in '09 and '10, respectively. This past season, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals and won a World Series.

Although I'm sure many Tigers fans are not thrilled with the idea of Laird returning to Detroit, the important thing is he will be a backup, not a starter. Alex Avila is the Tigers' starting catcher, and Laird is merely being signed to give Avila a chance to rest every now and then in 2012.