Pitching help added ...
The Rays completed a minor trade to add some depth to their pitching staff, acquiring righthander Jae Kuk Ryu (pronounced Jay Cook You) from the Cubs on Tuesday for two low-level minor-leaguers - OF Andrew Lopez and RHP Greg Reinhard.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated for assignment RHP Marcos Carvajal.
Ryu, 23, pitched in 10 games during three stints with the Cubs last year, compiling an 0-1 record and 8.40 ERA. He allowed 23 hits - including seven homers - and six walks in 15 innings while striking out 17. But he was 8-8 with a 3.23 ERA at Triple-A Iowa and has an overall minor-league record of 36-28, 3.42.
Ryu has been in the Cubs system since 2001, signing for $1.6-million after graduating from high school in Seoul, South Korea. He is most famous for a 2003 incident when he was pitching for Class A Daytona and threw a ball that killed an osprey.
The Rays will look at him first as a starter, and have the option to send him to the minors, but will also consider him for bullpen duty.