The Rangers have agreed on a one-year, $1.6 million contract with catcher Gerald Laird, who had been eligible for arbitration. The club also announced today that it has hired Johnny Narron as major league special assignment coach.
Laird, 28, was third in the league and second in the AL last season in caught stealing percentage (39.8%), throwing out 39 of 98 runners attempting to steal.
All players who were arbitration eligible are under contract for 2008:
right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit, infielder Ben Broussard, outfielder Marlon Byrd, right-handed pitcher Frank Francisco, Laird, and infielder Ramon Vazquez.
Narron was the Reds' major league video/administrative coach last season. With the Rangers, Narron will assist the big league staff in all aspects of daily operations, as well as other duties, including Major League scouting. He is the brother of former Rangers and Reds manager Jerry Narron.