Blue Jays acquire pitcher Sam Gaviglio

 The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-hander Sam Gaviglio from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-hander Sam Gaviglio from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Toronto Blue Jays

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

In an attempt to supplement their rotation depth after losing left-handed starter Thomas Pannone to an 80-game suspension on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired Sam Gaviglio from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Completing Wednesday's transaction, left-handed reliever Matt Dermody was designated for assignment in order to create an opening on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster.

Gaviglio, 28, pitched to an ERA of 4.36 with 49 strikeouts against 26 walks across 74 1/3 innings between the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals in 2017.

A former fifth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, the product of Ashland, Ore., has appeared in 123 minor league contests dating back to 2011, going 37-42 while making a total of 115 starts over parts of seven seasons as a professional.

With eight runs allowed in seven Cactus League innings this spring, Gavigilo was designated for assignment on Saturday following the Royals acquisition of free-agent righty Justin Grimm.

The 6-foot-2 hurler will join a group of triple-A rotation candidates that includes a trio of former big league starters in Chirs Rowley, Deck McGuire, and Nick Tepesch. With Marcus Stroman now slated to start the fourth game of the regular season after recovering from shoulder inflammation earlier in camp, you can potentially add Joe Biagini to that mix, though he may be destined for a relief role with the big league squad out of spring training.

Ryan Borucki will also look to make a case. But having thrown only six innings above the double-A level, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which the 23-year-old southpaw is called upon prior to having a chance to benefit from additional seasoning with the Buffalo Bisons in 2018.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.