Royals sign former Cubs relief pitcher after making latest round of roster cuts

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March 20, 2018 - 4:00 AM

SURPRISE, Ariz. — In a flurry of roster moves made within an hour, relief pitcher Justin Grimm found himself here on Sunday morning, standing in an interview room at the Royals’ spring-training complex with a camera trained on him.

Grimm, the former Cubs right-hander, had barely been in the building two hours when the Royals announced they had agreed to a one-year, major-league contract, which is worth $1.25 million with up to $300,000 in incentives.

The casualty of the transaction was pitcher Sam Gaviglio, who was designated for assignment about 40 minutes after being optioned to Class AAA Omaha on Sunday morning. Gaviglio was one of five players — including pitchers Miguel Almonte and Trevor Oaks, catcher Cam Gallagher and infielder Ramon Torres — who made up the Royals’ latest batch of roster cuts.

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