Padres add Stairs for veteran presence (ESPN)
According to Jerry Crasnick, the Padres have signed Matt Stairs to a minor league deal with an invite to the big league camp.
I like this deal, but I like having a left-handed power-bat on the bench. This seemed to be the offseason to get one, with a couple of veterans finding themselves disregarded, but following Jason Giambi’s return to the Rockies and the AL Central’s interest in Jim Thome, the pickings still seemed slim. Truth be told, Stairs was not very good last year, or the year before, his monster bomb off of Broxton in the NLCS not withstanding, but he has dropped 30 pounds. If Stairs comes into Spring Training as serious as his weight-loss suggests, he would be a great addition to our already impressive bench.
Headley at hot corner a heated decision (Union-Tribune)
Tim Sullivan fills us in on some behind the scenes gossip behind Chase Headley’s move to third.
“Buddy (Black) and I were on the same page,” Towers said recently, describing the Padres’ philosophical divide before his dismissal as general manager. “I’d keep Kouz and trade Headley. But DePo (Paul DePodesta) has always been a huge Headley fan. Huge. As was Sandy (Alderson). Headley was kind of our poster child.”
To which Black responded with a diplomatic “That serves no purpose.” Because of course he did.
I hope that someone gives Towers a studio job, just so we can watch him react to Padres updates as they happen.