Ryu Traded to Tampa

The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club has traded right-handed pitcher Jae Kuk Ryu (pronounced Jay Cook You) to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Andrew Lopez and right-handed pitcher Gregory Reinhard.

Lopez, 20, was the Devil Rays' eighth round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He played with Single-A Princeton in 2006 and batted .338 (22-for-65) against left-handed pitching while posting a .316 average (31-for-98) with 16 runs in 28 July games. Overall, the right-handed batter hit .256 with four home runs and 27 RBI while producing a .356 on-base percentage.

A graduate of Elk Grove (Calif.) High School, Lopez batted .325 (39-for-120) in 34 games with Princeton in 2005. He was the Devil Rays' Minor League Player of the Month in August of 2005, batting .379 with 33 hits and 20 RBI in 25 games.

Reinhard, 23, was Tampa Bay's sixth round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. His 142.0 innings pitched and 134 strikeouts each ranked third on the Single-A Southwest Michigan's pitching staff in 2006. A native of Marinette, Wis., he posted a 5-3 record with a 3.52 ERA (31 ER/79.1 IP) in 14 home starts while going 1-7 with a 5.74 ERA (40 ER/62.2 IP) in 13 road games (12 starts).

Reinhard, who attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, set the school record with 19 strikeouts against the University of Wisconsin-Stout on April 17, 2005. He began his professional career with Single-A Hudson Valley in 2005, going 2-3 with a 3.71 ERA (22 ER/53.1 IP) in 12 games (11 starts).

Ryu, 23, was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on June 1, 2001. He made his Major League debut with Chicago on May 14 vs. San Diego and went on to go 0-1 with an 8.40 ERA (14 ER/15.0 IP) in 10 games (one start) in the Majors. With Triple-A Iowa last season, Ryu went 8-8 with a 3.23 ERA (50 ER/139.1 IP) in 24 games (23 starts). He owns a 36-28 minor league mark with a 3.42 ERA (219 ER/576.1 IP) in 118 career minor league contests (95 starts).


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