Blue Jays release Sam Gaviglio, Outright Brandon Drury


The Blue Jays freed the right-hander Sam Gaviglio and outright infielder / outfielder Brandon Drury, by Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet. The team nominated the two players for an assignment on Tuesday.Gaviglio pitched innings for the Blue Jays this year and gave up three earned runs on three hits and five steps. The 30-year-old, also a former Royal and Mariner, was a more useful option on 293 2/3 frames from 2017-19, in which he amassed 94 appearances (37 starts) and threw an ERA of 4.84 / 4.95 FIP with 7.42 K / 9, 2.64 BB / 9 and a ground ball ratio of 48.5%.

Drury, meanwhile, has fallen out of favor with several teams in recent seasons. After spending 2015-17 as a member of the Diamondbacks, with whom he sometimes mixed the league’s average offensive production and defensive versatility, they traded him to the Yankees. Drury’s stay in New York was short-lived, for he produced terrible results there. The Yankees offered him to the Blue Jays in the summer of 2018 for left-handed JA Happ, but Drury’s numbers continued to soar in Toronto.

Since heading north of the border, Drury has totaled 525 plateau appearances and hit a horrific .208 / .253 / .353, which is a big part of why the Blue Jays cut him and why no other team claimed it. He will now report to the Jays alternative training site.


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