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The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-hander Sam Gaviglo from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Gaviglo, 27, posted a 4-5 record and 4.36 earned-run average in 16 games last season with both the Royals and Seattle Mariners.

The six-foot-two, 195-pound pitcher has a 37-42 record and 4.03 ERA over seven minor-league seasons. He has been optioned and will report to minor-league camp.

To make room on the 40-man roster Toronto has designated left-hander Matt Dermody for assignment.

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ says Toronto’s decision to name him opening day starter is a vote of confidence from the club. The Jays open their season at home on March 29.

The Canadian Press

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