July 28, 2010

Is Chad Tracy trapping Brandon Laird in Trenton?

When the Yankees signed Chad Tracy on July 9, the most unhappy guy about it was probably Brandon Laird.

Laird, 22, plays third base for Double-A Trenton and arguably is having the best season in the league. He leads the Eastern League in homers (23, tying a career high) and RBIs (89, leading by 11). But according to RAB’s minor league guru Mike Axisa, there’s just no room for Laird in Triple-A.

“Not about just performance. The guy in AAA needs at-bats too, his development counts. A month in AAA does nothing for Laird.” – Axisa’s tweet

That guy in Triple-A Axisa’s talking about is Tracy, who has played more than 700 games in the majors and is 30 years old. Laird is also behind Kevin Russo and Eric Bruntlett, both of whom have major league experience.

What do you think? Did the Yankees make bad moves by signing Tracy and Bruntlett possibly because they’re stunting Laird’s development?

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