KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Outfielder Matt Stairs agreed Tuesday to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Stairs, left-handed hitter, batted .292 for Pittsburgh last season with 20 homers, including a 461-foot drive on April 5, the longest at the Houston Astros' new ballpark. He had 57 RBIs.
The 35-year-old free agent has played for six other teams during his 11-year career. He is expected to fill a void created by the departure of outfielder Raul Ibanez, who agreed to a $13.25 million, three-year contract with Seattle.
Stairs has a career .266 batting average with 176 homers. He is third in homers among Canadian-born players, trailing Colorado's Larry Walker (351) and Jeff Heath (194), who played from 1936 to 1949.
In addition to his base salary, Stairs would get a $100,000 bonus if he has 375 plate appearances.
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