08/29/08 1:10 AM ET
Phils reportedly land Stairs from Jays
Philadelphia team spokesman unable to confirm deal
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Stairs was hitting .250 this season with 11 homers and 44 RBIs. He has 252 career homers with a .266 career average in parts of 16 seasons in the Major Leagues.A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Stairs made no secret of the fact that he had hoped to retire as a Blue Jay. "Nothing would've been better than to go down Yonge Street [in Toronto]," Stairs told MLB.com, "celebrating with the guys I became really close with over the last year and a half.
"To me, the greatest city in the world is Toronto, and I'm not saying that because I played there or because I'm Canadian. It's a city I've always loved."Broad Street in Philadelphia may be his next stop.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.