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T-Bones Ink Dominican-Born Catcher

02/17/2010 10:02 AM -

The Kansas City T-Bones and manager Tim Doherty have agreed to terms with catcher Eladio Rodriguez for the 2010 season.

Rodriguez, 30, signed with the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent in 2001.  Originally born in Mao, Valverde, Dominican Republic, Rodriguez played three seasons as a catcher and outfielder in the Red Sox system before appearing in 29 games as a pitcher in 2004.  Following his release after the 2004 campaign, Rodriguez played internationally before returning to the states with the New York Yankees in 2008, making appearances at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during the season.

“Eladio is a very good defensive catcher with a plus-plus arm,” said Doherty.  “He will help us shut down the running game this season.”

Over parts of five seasons in affiliated leagues in the United States, Rodriguez holds a .253/.324/.361 line.  He joins the T-Bones after spending 2009 in the Dominican.  Rodriguez was named co-MVP of the Israel Baseball League in its inaugural 2007 season.

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 in March.  Visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to stay up-to-date throughout the year.