August 29, 2008
Any time you can get an impact bat for a player to be named later, it’s a steal. Stairs will always be remembered for the moon shot he hit off of flamethrower Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning of game five of the NLCS that gave the Phillies the lead and momentum that they rode into the World Series. That one swing alone catapulted the Phillies and makes the trade a steal in itself. Stairs was a fan favorite and a consistent threat off the bench during his time in Philadelphia.
On the other hand, Castro has been in the minors since he was traded by the Phillies. Stairs was 40 at the time the Phillies acquired him and was here for a total of two years, but his impact was felt past statistics. He was also employed by the Phillies’ as a hitting coach in 2016.