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08/30/2008 10:11 AM ET
Phillies acquire Stairs
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Outfielder Matt Stairs was acquired by the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later, Senior Vice President & General Manager Pat Gillick announced this morning. Stairs had been designated for assignment on August 29.

Stairs, 40, was hitting .250 (80-320) with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 105 games with Toronto this season. A left-handed hitter, he was 5-for-15 (.333) with three RBI as a pinch hitter. Stairs made 14 starts in the field for Toronto, eight in left field and six in right field.

Stairs appeared in the playoffs in 1995 with Boston and 2000 with Oakland and in 2006, he played for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Stairs is a .279 career pinch hitter with 12 home runs and 59 RBI.

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Montreal in 1989, Stairs has a career average of .266 with 252 home runs and 859 RBI in 1,646 games with the Expos (1992-93), Red Sox (1995), A's (1996-2000), Cubs (2001), Brewers (2002), Pirates (2003), Royals (2004-06), Rangers (2006), Tigers (2006) and Blue Jays (2007-08). The Phillies are his eleventh major league club.

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