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Rangers trade catcher Laird to Tigers

Updated: December 8, 2008, 10:06 PM ET
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LAS VEGAS -- Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski wasted little time on the opening day of baseball's winter meetings in taking care of one of the Tigers' biggest offseason needs.

The Tigers acquired catcher Gerald Laird from the Rangers on Monday in a trade that sends right-handed pitching prospects Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo to Texas, shoring up a position Dombrowski considered a key this winter to building his club for 2009.

"He is a proven big league catcher and ...

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