Friday, 29 August 2008


The decision has been made, the savior has arrived, for better or worse the future is now...


Matt Stairs, alas, designated for assignment. Reportedly the Jays are working on moving him to a contending team (which would presumably save us the one million he's owed next season)

An excerpt from the news release:

The Blue Jays would not reveal which team was attempting to acquire Stairs -- only that the deal will hopefully be completed within the next two days. This season, the 40-year-old Stairs hit .250 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 105 games for Toronto.

Last year, Stairs hit .289 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs over 125 games for the Jays, who inked him to a two-year contract extension worth $3.25 million in November. Stairs is under contract for $2.25 million this year and is scheduled to make $1 million in 2009.

Snider, 20, had his contract purchased from Triple-A Syracuse after hitting .344 with two homers and 17 RBIs through 18 games with the Chiefs. Between stints with Class A Dunedin, Double-A New Hampshire and Syracuse this year, the left-handed-hitting outfielder hit .275 with 23 homers and 91 RBIs over 133 games.

Hopefully Stairsy gets to finish his career with dignity. As for Snider, I'm not up for debating the wisdom of this right now but clearly, the whole discussion about whether to bring in a big bat next season just got hellaciously more complex.


Update: Stairs to Phillies.

Per Ken Rosenthal:

The Jays will receive a prospect in return. The identity of that player has not yet been determined.


The Southpaw said...

It really would've sucked carrying Stairs into the off-season and leaving him on tenterhooks for months as to whether he'd still with the club in the spring, so I think this is a win-win for both parties.

It's hard not to get sucked into Snidermania (tm), but I think expectations need to be tempered. Billy Butler, Jay Bruce, etc. had shit-kicking minor league resumes but haven't been able to translate that into the big league success people expected (yet) b/c they came up so fast.


eyebleaf said...

it's boners all around re: snider!

and good for stairs, hopefully he can help the phillies

Lloyd the Barber said...

Jay Bruce has acquited himself just fine in the big leagues. He hasn't maintained his hilariously storybook into, but he has 14 home runs. His OBP is terrible, but as rookie seasons go, Snider could do worse.