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