39 year-old 1B/LF/RF Matt Stairs is having a remarkable year – he’s hitting .310/.385/.591 in 303 ABs for the Blue Jays. Granted, he’s been sitting against lefties most of the time, but he’s still been the Jays’ second-most valuable offensive player behind Alex Rios. And he’s earning less than a million bucks this year.
Stairs, a Canada native, would like to return for 2008. According to the Toronto Star, talks have begun. It definitely makes sense to keep him around for $2-3MM. He can help out at both outfield corners, first base, and DH. Bringing Stairs back for ’08 might encourage the Jays to non-tender Reed Johnson, a possibility mentioned in the team’s Needs and Luxuries post.