CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians completed a trade Monday with Tampa Bay, acquiring right-hander Chih-Wei Hu from the Rays in exchange for minor-league infielder Gionti Turner.
Hu, 25, spent most of the 2018 season with Tampa Bay’s Triple-A Durham affiliate, posting a mark of 5-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 24 (19 starts)
Hu appeared in five games in relief across five big-league stints with Tampa Bay, posting a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings while fanning 12 batters and allowing seven hits (.149 avg).
A native of Taichung, Taiwan, Hu was signed as an amateur free agent by the Minnesota Twins in 2012 and was acquired by Tampa Bay at the 2015 trade deadline for righty Kevin Jepsen. In 2016, he recorded the lowest ERA in the Southern League (2.59) for Class-AA Montgomery. Hu was was a Baseball America AA All-Star and was a Future’s Game participant.
Turner, 18, was Cleveland’s 27th-round draft pick in the 2018 draft and hit .296 (50-for-169) for the Indians rookie-level club in the Arizona League.
Hu has been added to the Tribe’s 40-man roster, which now stands at 36 players. The team must finalize its 40-man roster by 8 p.m. Tuesday in advance of the Dec. 13 Rule 5 Draft in Las Vegas.