DUNEDIN, Fla. – The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-hander Sam Gaviglio from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations Wednesday, aiming to bolster their starting pitching depth at triple-A Buffalo after the suspension of Thomas Pannone.
Gaviglio, 27, appeared in 16 big-league games with the Royals and Seattle Mariners last season, posting a 4.36 ERA but a 1.37 WHIP over 74.1 innings. Over 13 starts at triple-A Tacoma, he posted a 3.88 ERA in 72 innings and in his seven seasons of pro ball, has a strikeouts per nine rate of 7.1.
Major League Baseball suspended Pannone for 80 games last week after he tested positive for a banned substance.
To clear space on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated left-hander Matt Dermody for assignment.