On Wednesday, Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi confirmed that the Jays had contacted Stairs' representatives. Stairs, who is from New Brunswick, would become Toronto's fourth outfielder.
Stairs, 38, would also provide a much-needed left-handed bat off the bench. As of right now, the Jays have seven right-handed hitters in the projected starting lineup. First baseman Lyle Overbay is the lone left-handed batter, and catcher Gregg Zaun is a switch-hitter.
Last season, Stairs made $1.35 million and hit .247, with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs over 117 games with the Tigers, Rangers and Royals. In 33 career games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Stairs has hit .358 with nine home runs in 106 at-bats.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less