Friday, August 29, 2008

Phillies acquire Matt Stairs

With the waiver deadline looming on August 31st, the Phillies have been searching for one more bat off the bench, and they have finally acquired one. Left-handed hitter Matt Stairs was recently designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, and now the Phillies have acquired him for a prospect. As of now, the identity of that prospect is unknown, but it won't be a top-end guy.

Stairs is 40 years old, but he still has some pop in his bat. With Geoff Jenkins out for a little while longer, Stairs will bring a lefty bat to the bench and could fill in at the corner outfield positions if necessary. He's also under contract for next season at 1 million dollars, but I can't see him being a Phillie for an entire season when he doesn't really play any position well. He's meant to be a DH.

Good move by the Phillies. He's a typical Phillies power hitter: he won't get a ton of hits, but when he makes contact it's got a good chance of going out of the park.

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