The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Matt Stairs from the Blue Jays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Saturday 30 August 2008 at 10:24 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 40-year old OF/1B Matt Stairs from the Blue Jays for lefty reliever Fabio Castro.  Stairs played in 105 games for the Blue Jays this season and he was 80 for 320 (.250 avg, .736 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 11 homers and 44 RBIs.  This was a good move for the Phillies as Stairs gives them a solid bat from the left side.  Stairs has now played in 1,646 games in his major league career and he is 1,308 for 4,920 (.266 avg, .840 OPS) with 733 runs scored, 252 homers and 859 RBIs.  Fabio Castro pitched in 10 games (1 start) for the Phillies this season and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.  Castro pitched in 30 games (1 start) in his two years with the Phillies and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 3.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Castro had problems with his control in Philly as he walked 26 batters in only 43.2 innings the last two years.  Castro was a Rule 5 Pick for the Phillies two winters ago so that wasn’t too high of a price to pay for a hitter like Stairs.

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