Friday, August 29, 2008

Stairs-way to Heaven

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Last night Matt Stairs got the word, and packed up his hockey sticks, maple syrup, and Rush albums - sadly, he will no longer be a Toronto Blue Jay.

After a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Rays, management made the move and designated 40 year old Matt Stairs for assignment. Although it is not confirmed, there are reports the Philadelphia Phillies have already picked him up.

I like many fans, will miss Stairs and his likeness to Steve Austin. Although he wasn’t having the best season, I can understand management’s decision to cut him loose. Stairs was signed for 2009 for $1 million, so when J.P. cut him loose they also freed up a little more money to land a big bat or a new SS.

Stairs posted a decent year in 2007: batting .289 with 21 HR’s and 64 RBI’s. This year, he has not lived up to expectations, hitting .250 with 11 HR’s and 44 RBI’s. This move seems like J.P. is starting to clear dead-weight off the team so some of the minor-league prospects will get a chance at the Show.

Enter Travis Snider. At the opposite end of the spectrum as Stairs, Snider enters the big leagues at just a mere 20 years old. He is the highly touted prospects of the Blue Jays organization, and his call-up certainly has many fans optimistic about the future of this team. At this point, the Blue Jays really don’t have much to lose … since a playoff spot is pretty much out of reach anyway.

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