Source: Matt Stairs heads West for new coaching gig

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman | NBC Sports Philadelphia
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<p>Matt Stairs will be hired as the new hitting coach for the team with MLB's worst offense in 2017, per a source. By Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman</p>

Source: Matt Stairs heads West for new coaching gig

Matt Stairs will be hired as the new hitting coach for the team with MLB's worst offense in 2017, per a source. By Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman

While Pete Mackanin and Larry Bowa are staying in the Phillies' organization, Matt Stairs is not. 

Stairs will be hired as the San Diego Padres' hitting coach, a source tells NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Stairs was the Phillies' hitting coach last season after spending time in their broadcast booth the previous three years. He'll now work with a Padres offense that scored just 604 runs in 2017 - 35 fewer than any team in the majors and 86 fewer than the Phillies.

When Mackanin was reassigned to the Phillies' front office, the organization told the members of his coaching staff that they were free to seek other opportunities. Both Mackanin and former bench coach Larry Bowa will serve as special advisors to GM Matt Klentak.

The Phillies have one of three managerial vacancies across baseball. The Yankees and Nationals are also searching for managers after surprisingly firing Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phils are down to two finalists and a long shot in their manager search.

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