Indians add right-hander Hu in deal with Rays

November 19th, 2018

With the Rule 5 Draft deadline approaching Tuesday, and some teams in need of making room on their 40-man rosters, the Indians and Rays completed a minor trade Monday. Tampa Bay sent right-hander to Cleveland in exchange for infielder Gionti Turner.
Hu, 25, made five relief appearances with the Rays in 2018, but he spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Durham. With Durham, he posted a 4.66 ERA in 24 games, including 19 starts, striking out 92 and walking 28 in 102 1/3 innings. With the Rays, he had a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings, striking out 12 and allowing just a .149 average against.
A native of Taiwan, Hu was initially acquired by the Rays in the 2015 deal that sent to the Twins at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. He was a Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game participant in 2016.
Hu goes from the Rays' 40-man roster, which now stands at 39 players, to the Indians' 40-man, which now stands at 36 players.
Turner, 18, does not need to be added to a 40-man roster. He was the Indians' 27-round draft pick this year and hit .296 (50-for-169) in the rookie-level Arizona League.