Tigers claim Matt Stairs

The Tigers today picked Matt Stairs off of the waiver wire. Considering he was one of the names the Tigers were considering at the trade deadline, the cost of free is pretty appealing.

Stairs is 38 and is on his 3rd team this season. He typically hits in the 260’s with a respectable OBP around 350. Texas picked him up at the trade deadline and he was pretty awful in limited playing time. In 81 at-bats he hit 210/273/370 with 22 K’s. The strike outs were out of line with his career numbers.

Defensively he’s a designated hitter and shouldn’t be allowed near a glove.

The move doesn’t bother me in the sense that there was nothing given up, and this is as short term a move as you can make. He won’t be eligible for the postseason. However in the aftermath of the Neifi Perez trade I’m worried that Stairs will actually be used and either a)force Marcus Thames into another platoon situation or b)take away from the already limited playing time that Chris Shelton sees.

The good news is that Jeremy Bonderman won’t have to pitch against Stairs.

In another move, Roman Colon was transferred from the 15 day to 60 day DL. This just means the Tigers can make another pitcher eligible for the post season roster.


  1. Coach Jim

    September 15, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    Is his contract up this year?

  2. stephen

    September 15, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    oh man, with his .332 oba stairs looks like frank thomas compared with the clowns on this team. the sad thing is he automatically becomes one of the tigers’ top five offensive threats.

  3. stephen

    September 15, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    tonight is the game of the season. if we can’t beat a pitcher with an era of 32, we should sue for peace.

  4. Greg

    September 16, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    I wonder if Bonderman will approach him and say, “What is it about the way I pitched to you that made it so easy for you and so damned hard for me?” I actually like the move, just for the patience Stairs seems to show at the plate. I mean, his first RBI as a Tiger came without even havin a hit.

  5. Jojo SunDevil

    September 17, 2006 at 7:07 am

    He hacks, he strikes out a ton, picking up Matt Stairs is about as helpful as a pile of sandpaper in the bathroom when youre out of toilet paper