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Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City bolstered their outfield on Tuesday by signing left-handed hitting to a one- year contract worth a reported $1 million. The team also inked right-handed reliever to a two-year deal with a club option for 2006. Stairs will likely fill one of the voids left by and . Ibanez signed with the Seattle and Tucker departed for the San Francisco .

The 35-year-old Stairs hit 20 homers and drove in 57 runs in 121 games for the Pittsburgh last season. He made 47 appearances in right field and played 31 games at first base. Stairs also made eight starts in left field and was used twice as the designated hitter in 2003. He finished second on the in home runs and fourth in RBI.

Stairs will enter his 12th major league season. He has also played for Montreal (1992-93), Boston (1995), Oakland (1996-2000), the Chicago (2001), Milwaukee (2002) and Pittsburgh. He owns a .266 career average with 176 home runs and 568 RBI.

Sullivan joins the after playing for both Cincinnati and the Chicago in 2003. He went a combined 6-0 with a 3.66 ERA in 65 games this year. He finished the season with the after being acquired by Chicago on August 21 from the .

The 32-year-old Sullivan, who will enter his 10th major league season, is the only pitcher in big league history to lead the majors in relief innings pitched for four straight seasons (1998-2001). He has thrown 665 1/3 frames since 1997.

Sullivan is 37-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 509 career appearances since starting his major league tenure in 1995 with the .

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