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Kansas City Inks Veteran Slugger

03/02/2010 10:03 AM -

The Kansas City T-Bones and manager Tim Doherty have agreed to terms with outfielder Ray Sadler for the 2010 season.

Sadler, 29, will play his first season of independent baseball in 2010 after spending the last nine seasons with major league affiliates.  Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the 1999 amateur draft, Sadler advanced as high as Class AA West Tennessee before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Randall Simon on August 17, 2003.  He stayed with the Pirates through 2006, and made his major league debut at Arizona on May 8, 2005.

“A lot of teams were after Ray,” said Doherty.  “He will play a corner position and hit in the middle of our lineup, giving us protection for Rico Washington and (Jim) Fasano.”

Sadler played three games for Pittsburgh in 2005, going two-for-eight in that span, his only stint in the major leagues.  He hit a home run off the San Francisco Giants’ Noah Lowry on May 11, 2005 for his first major league hit.  Sadler joined the Houston Astros as a free agent following the 2006 season, playing two seasons before splitting time between the Astros and Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.

He hasn’t spent time below Class AA since his 2002 campaign.

The T-Bones begin their 2010 campaign against the RailCats in Gary, IN on May 20 and will host the RedHawks in their home opener on May 28.  Season ticket packages and mini plans are available now by calling 913-328-5618.  For information on group outings, call 913-328-5623.  Single game tickets for the exhibition and regular season will go on sale later this month.  Visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to stay up-to-date throughout the year.