Matt Stairs Rumors

Matt Stairs Retires

After a career that has spanned nearly two decades, Matt Stairs says that he's ready to retire, according to CBC News.  The 43-year-old was designated for assignment by the Nationals last Wednesday and released on Monday.

"I'm not sad. I had a great career, a long career," the slugger said, "And it's one of those things where I can walk away today and not be sad about it."

In his 19 seasons, Stairs has suited up for the Expos, Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, Padres, and Nationals.  He has earned almost $19MM across his career while posting a slash line of .262/.356/.477 and 265 home runs in 6023 plate appearances.  The veteran hit .154/.257/.169 in 74 plate appearances for Washington this year.

Nationals Release Matt Stairs

The Nationals announced today that they have released Matt Stairs.  He'd been designated for assignment on Wednesday to open up a spot for Jonny Gomes.

Stairs, 43, hit .154/.257/.169 in 74 plate appearances for the Nationals this year.  In his 19-year career he's played for the Expos, Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, Padres, and Nationals.  His body of work may surprise you: .262/.356/.477 in 6023 plate appearances, with 265 home runs and almost $19MM in earnings.

Nationals Designate Matt Stairs For Assignment

The Nationals designated Matt Stairs for assignment to open a spot on the 25-man roster for Jonny Gomes, the team announced.  The move also opens up a 40-man spot, presumably for Friday starter Chien-Ming Wang.

Stairs, 43, hit .154/.257/.169 in 74 plate appearances for the Nationals this year.

Non-Roster Notes: Chavez, Stairs, Atkins

As we cruise through Spring Training and gear up for Opening Day, let's take a look at some news on some notable non-roster invitees around the league…

Nationals Reach Agreement With Matt Stairs

The Nationals reached an agreement on a minor league deal with Matt Stairs, according to the team's Twitter feed.  Stairs has assumed a pinch-hitter role in the last few seasons, hitting .232/.306/.475 in 111 plate appearances for the Padres in 2010.  He holds the big league record with 23 career pinch-hit home runs.  Stairs, 43 in February, was originally signed by the Expos as an amateur free agent in 1989.

Cafardo’s Latest: Stairs, Pierzynski, Inge, Berkman

Let's round up the highlights from Nick Cafardo's Sunday column for the Boston Globe….

  • One AL executive tells Cafardo that he's never seen so many candidates interviewed for managerial openings: "It’s amazing to me that you wouldn’t know within, say, two or three candidates who you want. But I guess in some cases the GM’s job is also on the line if he picks the wrong guy."
  • Matt Stairs would like to play for at least one more season. While he says he'd like to return to Boston, he concedes that he'd probably play "anywhere."
  • An NL scout was positive about A.J. Pierzynski, suggesting that he'll be one of the most attractive catching options on the free agent market, behind Victor Martinez and John Buck. "With A.J., you know he’s not going to throw people out," said the scout. "But there’s nothing wrong with his receiving and he can still hit. I know the fire he has can rub people the wrong way, but I think that’s great for a team."
  • Brandon Inge has a good chance of landing a starting role this winter, given the lack of free agent third base options after Adrian Beltre. However, Cafardo wonders if Inge could eventually become a Bill Hall-esque utility player, given his ability to play a few different positions.
  • Possible bullpen targets for the Red Sox include Joaquin Benoit, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, Jason Frasor, Scott Downs, and Brian Fuentes.
  • A market appears to be developing for Lance Berkman. Teams like the Rockies, Orioles, Mets, Blue Jays, and Diamondbacks could have interest.
  • Carlos Delgado underwent another hip procedure two and a half weeks ago, but is rehabbing the hip and feels like he'll be able to play in 2011.

Odds & Ends: Stairs, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Nats

Links on a very rainy evening in the Bronx..

Yankees Claim Chad Huffman

WEDNESDAY, 1:28pm: The Yankees claimed Huffman off waivers from the Padres, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  Huffman will head to Triple A.  Baseball America ranked Huffman 21st among Padres prospects, noting his strong batting eye and good power but various limitations.  Their bottom line quote: "He looks like a future regular on his best days and a part-timer on his worst."  Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues and MLBTR has a hunch Kevin Towers' fingerprints are all over this pickup.

SUNDAY, 3:09pm: The Padres designated outfielder Chad Huffman for assignment in order to clear a space on the 40-man roster for veteran slugger Matt Stairs, according to a team press release.

Huffman, 25 later this month, was a second-round pick for the Friars back in 2006. He hit .269/.361/.469 for the Padres Triple-A affiliate in Portland last season, but managed just one hit in 23 spring at-bats. For his career in the minors, Huffman owns a respectable .289/.385/.474 line over four seasons and 1885 plate appearances.

Odds & Ends: Giants, Beckett, DePaula, Aubrey

Some links on what promises to be one of the best days of the year…

Odds & Ends: Gaudin, Stairs, Lowell, Darvish

Links for Monday…