I'm not all that high on Laird; his minor league numbers aren't terribly impressive. Playing in that park with that lineup makes him worth watching, though, and he's worth a flyer in relatively deep leagues.
In any case, I like the move for Texas. Giving the job to Laird seems like the right thing to do, and McKinley looked like he turned the corner at Harrisburg last season. Young also isn't bad, but I'm not sure he's a huge upgrade over Echols in the long run.