Former San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Sadowski, who agreed to a minor league deal this offseason with the Houston Astros, signed a one-year contract Dec. 23 to pitch for the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2010, according to NPB Tracker.
Although details have been unconfirmed, it's believed that the Astros organization let Sadowski out of his contract in order to sign with Lotte.
The 27-year-old righty made his major league debut June 28, tossing six scoreless innings with two strikeouts to record the win against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Sadowski kept the momentum going with a stellar seven-inning shutout home performance against the Astros July 3.
The "Big Sadowski" recorded 16 1/3 scoreless innings to begin his big league career before hitting a rough stretch in which he lost four straight decisions from July 8-31 while allowing 15 runs over 15 1/3 innings.
Ultimately, he was designated for assignment Sept. 2, finishing 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA, including 17 walks and 17 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings in six starts.
At one point in 2009, the Yokohama BayStars attempted to lure Sadowski to Japan, but San Francisco decided to retain his contract.
The former University of Florida standout was selected by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and spent over six seasons climbing the minor league ladder before catching his big break in 2009.
Sadowski joins a Lotte squad which posted a 66-67 record last season.
Currently, he's the only American on the roster despite the fact that former Brewers manager Jerry Royster serves as the team's manager.
When Royster accepted the job with Lotte heading into the 2008 season, he became the first non-Korean in history to take over the helm for one of Korea's professional baseball teams.