Well-travelled Stairs signs with Nats

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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with outfielder Matt Stairs on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stairs has become one of the top pinch-hitters in baseball and last year with San Diego tied for the big league lead with four pinch-hit home runs. Overall, he clubbed six homers with 16 runs batted in while batting .232 in 78 games (111 plate appearances).

The 42-year-old veteran has already played for a record-tying 12 big league teams, starting in 1992 with the Washington franchise when it was located in Montreal. In addition to the Expos and Padres, he's also spent time with Boston, Oakland, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Detroit, Texas, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Stairs was a member of the Phillies' World Series championship team in 2008 and in 2009 with Philadelphia led all big league pinch-hitters with five home runs. He owns the all-time major league record with 23 pinch-hit homers.

In 1,839 career games, Stairs has batted .264 with 265 homers and 897 runs batted in.


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