Archive

ShareThis Page
Stairs nears new deal | TribLIVE.com
News

Stairs nears new deal

CHICAGO — Outfielder Matt Stairs said Sunday he is close to re-signing a contract with the Pirates.

“We should know something next week,” Stairs said after the Pirates finished their season with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The Pirates have until 15 days after the conclusion of the World Series to negotiate exclusively with Stairs, who will become a free agent at that time.

Stairs, 35, signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Pirates in December. Alternating between right field and first base, Stairs batted .292 with 20 homers and 57 RBI in 121 games and 305 at-bats.

“I’m very happy here,” Stairs said. “I love playing here, and I think we’re heading in the right direction.”

General manager Dave Littlefield said on his radio show yesterday that he has been negotiating with Stairs’ agent. But he didn’t think a deal was imminent.

Littlefield, however, didn’t rule out the possibility of Stairs returning for another year.

“Matt enjoys being here and playing for Lloyd, and our ballpark is a nice fit for him,” he said. “There are a lot of positives.”


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.