The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that the club acquired pitcher Nick Kingham from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Kingham on the 40-man roster, the Jays transferred injured pitcher Ryan Tepera to the 60-day injured list.
The Pirates designated Kingham, 27, for assignment on Saturday after the right-hander allowed 38 runs in 54 hits and 17 walks with 32 strikeouts across 34 2/3 innings. Kingham opened the season in the bullpen but made three starts in May and made another start on June 1 as well.
With the 24-43 Jays’ fate already sealed, the club values Kingham for his ability to eat up innings — either as a starter or as a reliever — more than his production this year.