Padres Sign Matt Stairs

TUESDAY, 4:06pm: MLB.com's Corey Brock tweets that the deal is now official.

SATURDAY, 4:05pm: The Padres will sign Matt Stairs, according to a tweet from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.  The soon-to-be 42-year-old has a minor league deal with a major league invite, though Crasnick says (via Twitter) that it appears he has a very good chance of making the roster.

Stairs is hoping to be San Diego's left-handed bat off of the bench.  Earlier in the week, Crasnick reported that Stairs dropped a whopping 31 pounds in order to get himself into shape for Spring Training.

Stairs hit .194/.357/.379 with 5 HRs in 129 plate appearances for the Phillies last season.


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37 Comments on "Padres Sign Matt Stairs"


Utley4God
5 years 7 months ago

seems like a good signing. could never get going in philly last year due to lack of at bats but certainly a veteran for cheap can’t hurt

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

cool, good for matt!

aintgravy
5 years 7 months ago

awesome! now broxton can wet his pants 18 times a year

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

cant go to wrong with this, he will get more AB’s in san diego then he did in phillie. Gotta respect someone that committed to losing so much weight to keep on playing. And its only a minor league deal

harrison47
5 years 7 months ago

Yes, I’m sure it was an extremely intense conditioning program ol Matty went through. Simply stop inject………………oops sorry!

(Reminds me a lot of the “intense” off-season “conditioning” program Ivan Rodriguez also went through a few years ago)

padres24
5 years 7 months ago

I like it a lot for the Pads :), this adds more depth, they started really slow the off-season, but have picked it up since the kouz trade, cant wait for the season to start

jbcardsfan
5 years 7 months ago

Oh no, I misread the birth date. My apologies Zach, and also to all the posters.

kphowes
5 years 7 months ago

keep swingin it stairs!

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

you know the padres are in trouble. they have no bats and in case of an emergency you use stairs.

5 years 7 months ago

Why not. Good guy, good pop, and should net them a low-level prospect mid-season when the Phils trade for him back.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

More VET presence for the youngsters, I like it! Its not even like this is a guaranteed deal, no harm at all!

dev2001
5 years 7 months ago

Wish he was back with Jays

5 years 7 months ago

Broxton has got to be going crazy right now.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

LOL

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 7 months ago

In case of emergencies, use Stairs!!! Best name for a PHer, ever.

Beersy
5 years 7 months ago

I wonder if this is a test run, Jaff Decker is always compared to Stairs or Kruk. If Stairs gets any time in the outfield and doesn’t embarass himself, it may give the Padres a little more assurance that Decker can also roam leftfield in Petco. Also Stairs in the clubhouse alone would warrant him being on this team. He’ll help Eckstein teach the young guys how to be Major Leaguers.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 7 months ago

Swizeet…. Man Every Move Hoyer has made has been pretty cool….I’m diggin the direction he is going…..and he dropped 32 pounds? that’s alot for a little guy lol other old guys should take note that getting in shape actually might help you get a job…

5 years 7 months ago

this is good for san diego, they could use a power bat off the bench joining the hairston brothers…….. matt can be clutch to not so much this year but 2 years ago he hit that homer off broxton to help win the game……all in all good signing

joebaseball
5 years 7 months ago

if he can get in 1 game, it will tie the mlb record for most teams played for with 12 (tied with Mike Morgan and Ron Villone)

joestreg12
5 years 7 months ago

getting your ass hammered by guys. there is no better feeling

Chris Kelly
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not drinking the kool-aid. This sounds exactly like a Cliff Floyd signing and makes me think that Towers is still pulling strings behind the scene. He loved aging OF vets.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

He will be the primary pinch hitter from the left side opposite Oscar from the right side and will not need to play the field much if ANY. So… I don’t know if him being old or limited defensively really has much impact on the signing either way, especially because of the versatility from the other players we already have. Stairs has dropped significant weight and is said to be in great shape, that was never the case with Floyd!

Matt also brings much needed VET presence along with the ability to thrive in pressure situations. I love his swagger and leadership like qualities for the younger players.

Who else would you prefer to hit off the bench from the left side as a primary pinch hitter?

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 7 months ago

ya mickeys right, we got Floyd with a bum leg – Stairs is in good shape I wish the best for him and hope he can ad to his PH homer numbers and win a game or 5 for the pads

Ohhhplease
5 years 7 months ago

Seriously ? You think Kevin Towers is pulling strings behind the scenes to sign aging vets to minor league contracts ? Did we not land on the moon either? Oswald had help ?

This is a total no downside signing…I hope he does well off the bench and shares some knowledge with some of the younger players.

5 years 7 months ago

wait, we didnt land on the moon, and oswald did have help, hahahaha.

bleedblue805
5 years 7 months ago

Great, The Bane of Jonathan Broxton comes to the NL West

coolstorybro222
5 years 7 months ago

it’s weird, he said he wanted to play for Philly then retire, so I guess this is a good thing that the Padres signed him.