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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi
    #BlueJays have agreed to trade Francisco Liriano to #Astros, source confirms @ShiDavidi report.
    Will move him to bullpen.

    "Great splits against left-handers"... "has trouble finding the strike zone"... "walks-per-9 = 4.7 this year".

    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart
    Source: Astros are sending OF Nori Aoki and a Minor League player to the Blue Jays.
    Dang, liked him.

    Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

    Astros to acquire Liriano from Blue Jays

    Houston has reportedly completed a deal with Toronto that will bring left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano to the Astros.
    #BlueJays and #Astros deal for Francisco Liriano is pending a physical. Sounds like an outfielder in coming back in return

    ó Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) July 31, 2017
    While not a splashy move, sources report that Liriano will be used out of the bullpen for Houston. Tony Sipp, the only consistent presence in the Astros pen in recent seasons, posted a 4.95 ERA in 2016 after receiving a three-year deal from Houston as a free agent, and has been worse in 2017, with 6.39 mark.

    Liriano, for his part, has been notably excellent against left-handed batter this season, with a 2.73 FIP and a sparkling 17.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio against fellow southpaws. Itís also possible he could be yet another multi-inning option out of a pen with multiple converted starting pitchers.

    Liriano has roughly $4.5 million remaining on his contract and will be a free agent at seasonís end. As for the Astrosí end of the deal:
    Source: Astros are sending OF Nori Aoki and a Minor League player to the Blue Jays.

    ó Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 31, 2017
    Nori Aoki posted a servicable .271/.323/.371 batting line for the Astros this season, hitting .300 in April and June, and .275 in July. No word yet on who the minor leaguer headed to Toronto is, but given Lirianoís level of play, it likely wonít be someone of incredible significance. The deal likely opens the door for Derek Fisher to stay on the Major League roster as an everyday player.
    Last edited by H2O4me; 07-31-2017, 01:08 PM.
    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo
    Blue Jays are getting Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez from Houston as the return for Francisco Liriano:
    Teoscar can play.

    Liriano has been linked to the Royals, Twins, Cubs and Dodgers in recent weeks as the Jays have shopped him. He has struggled to a 5.88 ERA in 18 starts for Toronto this season but has still intrigued teams due to the fact heís a rental who lefties are hitting .230/.254/.361 against.

    If the deal is completed, Houston is likely to use Liriano in a relief role, potentially as a lefty specialist. The Astros are looking for a lefty arm to put alongside Tony Sipp in the bullpen but are unlikely to match the high prices for top options Brad Hand and Zach Britton.

    Liriano is earning $13.67 million this year, so the prospect cost in a deal would likely not be high. Itís unclear who will pay the rest of his salary this year.

    Aoki, 35, has hit .272/.323/.371 with two homers in 71 games this season. Houston wanted to open a spot in its outfield for prospect Derek Fisher, leading Aoki to be expendable in trade talks. Aoki is under Jaysí control for next season as well.

    Hernandez, 24, was ranked by Baseball America as the no. 8 overall prospect in the Astros system at midseason. He broke into the majors last year for Houston but has spent almost the entire 2017 season at Triple-A, hitting .279/.369/.485 with 12 omers.

    The package of Aoki and Hernandez appears to be a strong return for Liriano, but both guys were blocked with Houston. Fisher, Josh Reddick, George Springer and top prospect Kyle Tucker are controllable for a while, giving Houston plenty of options in the outfield.
    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


    • #3
      If he is indeed going to the bullpen, I am fine with this trade. I am still underwhelmed though as we really needed starting pitching. The Dodgers and Yankees got better with strong starters.