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Toronto Blue Jays acquire pitcher Foster Griffin in trade with Royals

Mar 8, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Foster Griffin (60) works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the fifth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired left-hander Foster Griffin from the Kansas City Royals on Saturday in exchange for minor league right-hander Jonatan Bernal.

The Blue Jays optioned Griffin to Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto also recalled right-hander Jeremy Beasley from Buffalo and designated right-hander Sergio Romo for assignment.

Griffin, who turns 27 this month, was a first-round draft pick (28th overall) by the Royals in 2014. He appeared in one game for Kansas City in 2020 and made five relief appearances this season, posting a 12.46 ERA.

Bernal, 20, is 1-5 this season at Class-A Dunedin with a 5.47 ERA in 14 games (seven starts). The Mexico native has 47 strikeouts and 22 walks in 52 2/3 innings.

Beasley, 26, owns a 6.30 ERA and no decisions in six bullpen appearances for Toronto this season. He is 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 18 games (three starts) at Buffalo.

Romo, 39, signed with the Blue Jays on June 29 after being released by Seattle. He was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in six appearances for Toronto.

An All-Star in 2013 and a three-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Romo is 42-36 with a 3.21 ERA and 137 saves in 821 career games (five starts) with the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Oakland A’s, Mariners and Blue Jays.

–Field Level Media