Astros Trade Aoki, Prospect To Jays For Liriano


The Astros agreed to acquire left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays hours before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, MLB Network reported.

The Astros are getting Liriano in exchange for outfielders Norichika Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez. After being acquired by the Blue Jays in a midseason trade previous year, Liriano was 2-2 in 10 appearances (eight starts) for the Jays down the stretch with a 2.92 ERA with 52 K's in 49.1 innings pitched. He was ranked no. 9 in the Houston system thanks to his 20-homer, 20-steal potential.

Per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, this may not be a move to help the Astros' rotation. Liriano brings experience and longevity to the table, qualities many Astros relievers do not have.

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Liriano, 33, has struggled this year, owning a 5.88 ERA with a 74/43 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings. Liriano has been viewed as a rental pitcher, as his contract will expire at season's end. He has held left-handed hitters to a.226 average this season (14x62), allowing just one HR. Righties, meanwhile, are eating good against Liriano:.292/.387/.492 in 312 times at the plate.

He has pitched for the Minnesota Twins (7 years), Pittsburgh Pirates (4 years), Toronto Blue Jays (2 years) and Chicago White Sox (1 year). The Astros would love to coax some of that form out of their new acquisition during the next few months.

Aoki, 35, is hitting.272 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 202 at-bats this season.

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The 36-year-old is on the final year of his deal. Their main lefty, Tony Sipp, has labored through the year with a 6.39 ERA in 31 frames. He was the starter an victor in Pirates 2013 NL Wild Card Game victory over the Reds, allowing one run over 7.0 innings in the 6-2 win. Another southpaw, rumors have swirled around Britton in recent days.

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