Matt Stairs is looking to extend his career just a bit longer after considering retirement prior to the 2010 season.
Stairs, at the tender age of 42, is currently coming off the bench for the Padres after preparing to retire before San Diego called with an offer. While Stairs has been one of the better power hitters of his generation (and if he had received consistent starting playing time, Bill James contends he could have been a Hall of Famer), 2010 hasn't been kind to the slugger's production.
Hitting just .227, Stairs has been able to couple that with five home runs and 10 walks in 99 plate appearances for a .227.303/.455 mark.
That line could be good enough for teams to go after a veteran pinch hitter, especially one as Stairs whose home run off Jonathan Broxton in the 2008 NLCS still lives on in Philadelphia fame and currently has the most pinch-hit home runs in the history of the game, notching No. 21 on August 21.
Stairs wants to play one or two more years. If he truly wanted to, he would likely find a job battling for a spot in spring training, but it's unlikely he gets anything guaranteed. As long as the DH doesn't exist in the AL, however, Stairs should have no trouble finding NL teams open to giving him a shot.
-- Evan Brunell
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