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Matt Stairs set to become a Padre

Jan 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that 41-year-old outfielder Matt
Stairs has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres.  From Jerry’s Twitter account, a must-follow for any baseball fan:

“[Padres GM] Jed Hoyer was
very aggressive in trying to bring Matt into a young team to have a
veteran presence,” said Stairs’ agent, Bob Garber.

Stairs will serve as a left-handed pinch-hitter for the Friars this season if he’s able to land a roster spot during spring training.  He hit just .194/.357/.379 last season in a similar capacity with the Phillies, but he’s dropped over 30 pounds this winter and claims to be in the best shape of his life.  We shall see.

  1. OsandRoyals - Jan 23, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    I just looked at that line. Stairs managed to get on base at a 350/60ish clip while batting under 200? Sure some of those were probably intentional walks but thats still a valuable player. Not really sure the Padres really need him since they have enough backup firstbasemen but ok

  2. Richard Dansky - Jan 24, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    I’m assuming that by “best shape” they mean “trapezoid”.

  3. Jonny5 - Jan 25, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    He’ll be pinch hitting for the Padres. He’s got alot of homers in the tank still.

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