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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.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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