ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers traded first baseman Dave Hostetler to the Montreal Expos for pitcher Chris Welsh, the American League team announced Wednesday.
Hostetler, 28, was assigned to Montreal's Triple-A farm team in Indianapolis.
He split the 1984 season between Texas and the Rangers' Triple-A team in Oklahoma City. He hit .220 while with the parent club and .304 while in the minors.
Welsh, sent by Texas to Oklahoma City, spent the entire season at Indianapolis last year where he compiled a 13-4 record with a 3.01 earned run average. He finished second in the voting for American Association Pitcher of the Year honors.
Welsh, who played on the major league level with the San Diego Padres and Montreal, has a career major league record of 14-17 with a 4.38 ERA.
Hostetler was traded to the team that originally signed him. He was traded to the Rangers with Larry Parrish in exchange for Al Oliver in March 1982. Hes played 248 games for Texas, hitting .228 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI. He led the Rangers with 22 home runs in 1982, including 10 in June to set a club record for home runs in a month.