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Blue Jays roster moves: Sam Gaviglio released, Brandon Drury outrighted

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These Blue Jays roster moves follow Gaviglio and Drury being designated for assignment on trade deadline day.

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sam Gaviglio (43) throws a pitch during the fourth inning at Rogers Centre during Summer Camp. 
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sam Gaviglio (43) throws a pitch during the fourth inning at Rogers Centre during Summer Camp. 
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After being a workhorse out of the 2019 Blue Jays bullpen, appearing in 52 games, Sam Gaviglio has been given his unconditional release, the club announced this afternoon. Toronto has also sent Brandon Drury on an outright assignment to the Alternate Training Site in Rochester; he remains on the 60-player pool.

The Blue Jays had designated Gaviglio and Drury for assignment on August 31 to make room for the trade deadline arrivals.

Sam Gaviglio, 30, was acquired from the Royals on a cash deal at the end of spring training 2018 and became the third Sam in franchise history after Sam Ewing and Sam Dyson. He actually made his major league debut at Rogers Centre as a member of the Seattle Mariners.

Gaviglio is commonly thought of as a favourite of manager Charlie Montoyo, who had raved about the right-hander early in the season, giving him a questionable appearance in a high-leverage situation.

Brandon Drury was acquired from the Yankees along with Billy McKinney for J.A. Happ in July 2018.

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