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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-08-30


Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-08-30
Team officials wouldn't confirm it, but the Phillies have acquired Matt Stairs from the Toronto Blue Jays for a minor-leaguer, the veteran left-handed hitter's agent told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal.

"Matt will be in uniform for the Phillies (Saturday)," Bob Garber, president of the RMG Sports Management agency, wrote in an e-mail Friday.

The Phillies have been trolling for another left-handed hitter since right fielder Geoff Jenkins landed on the disabled list last weekend with a right hip flexor strain. They also pursued Braves outfielder Mark Kotsay, who subsequently got traded to the Red Sox, and Twins infielder Mike Lamb, who cleared waivers Thursday.

Stairs, 40, is a .266 career hitter with 252 home runs in 16 seasons for 10 organizations. As a pinch hitter, he's a .279 hitter with 12 home runs. He's batting .250 with 11 homers and 44 RBI in 320 at-bats this season, mainly as a designated hitter for the Blue Jays, who designated him for assignment Thursday.

Asked about the trade, first reported late Thursday night by FoxSports.com, Phillies general manager Pat Gillick offered no comment. But after Friday's 3-2 loss at Wrigley Field, the club cleared a roster spot by optioning just recalled lefty reliever Fabio Castro to Class AAA Lehigh Valley.

Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi told reporters, "If you're guessing that it could be in the state of Pennsylvania, I'm not going to tell you you're wrong. But I'm not going to tell you anything else."

Why so secretive?

It's likely the Phillies and Blue Jays are haggling over the minor-leaguer or financial terms. Stairs is owed the remainder of his $2.25 million salary this season and $1 million next year.

CUBS 3, PHILLIES 2: Clay Condrey allowed a one-out home run to Alfonso Soriano in the seventh inning Friday at Wrigley Field to stretch the Phillies' losing streak to three games. For a second consecutive game, the Phillies had a lead throughout most of the game. But RHP Joe Blanton walked the bases loaded and allowed the tying run in the fifth. The Phillies mustered only six hits, including three in the final four innings. They stranded 10 runners and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Pat Burrell went 2-for-4 for the Phillies.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 30, 2008

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