Padres add Stairs for veteran presence

Updated: January 23, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Free agent Matt Stairs reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres, his agent told ESPN.com Saturday.

Stairs is joining the Padres on a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Bob Garber, his agent, confirmed the agreement but declined to specify terms.

Garber said that San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer "aggressively'' pursued Stairs to bring a veteran presence to a young team.

"They're bringing Matt in to be a role player off ...

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