The Phillies, adding a left-handed hitter to their bench, have acquired outfielder Matt Stairs from the Blue Jays, according to major-league sources.
The Jays will receive a prospect in return. The identity of that player has not yet been determined.
Stairs is hitting .250 this season with 11 homers and 44 RBIs. He was designated for assignment Thursday to clear a spot for outfielder Travis Snider, who is one of the Jays' top position prospects and will replace Stairs in the outfield.
Stairs is 40 years old and looks like the ringer on the softball team that embarrassed you and your colleagues earlier this summer. But he's actually a pretty good pickup: a veteran bat who can draw a walk or pop a home run off the bench. Let's just hope the prospect isn't anyone who will contribute significantly more than whatever Stairs does in the 15 or so at-bats he's likely to have with the Phils between now and the end of the regular season.