Jays acquire LHP Castro to complete Stairs deal Staff

9/29/2008 4:05:42 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired lefthanded pitcher Fabio Castro to complete the trade of outfielder Matt Stairs to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 23-year-old Castro appeared in 10 games with the Phillies in 2008, posting a 0-0 record with a 6.00 ERA in 12.0 innings.

The left-hander spent most of the season with Reading (AA) of the Eastern League, Castro going 8-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 games (16 starts). The Montecristy, Dominican Republic native has appeared in 30 games in the major leagues (Texas-2006, Philadelphia-2006-07) recording a 0-1 record with a 3.30 ERA. He has held opponents to a .181 avg. (27-149) with 32 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.

Stairs finished the season with a .252 average with 13 homeruns and 49 RBIs. The Phillies start their National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.