10/21/2011 04:35 EDT | Updated 12/21/2011 05:12 EST

Toronto Blue Jays claim Kansas City Royals pitcher Jesse Chavez off waivers

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays claimed right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

The 28-year-old spent the majority of last season with triple-A Omaha. In 45 relief appearances, he had a 2-4 record with a 3.75 earned run average and 16 saves.

Chavez also made four relief appearances for Kansas City.

He's spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with Pittsburgh (2008-09), Atlanta (2010) and the Royals (2010-11).

Also Friday, the Blue Jays announced pitcher Rommie Lewis, infielder Chris Woodward and outfielder Dewayne Wise have elected to become free agents.