MLB trades: Astros get lefty Francisco Liriano
Liriano gives the Astros a versatile lefty
Now, Liriano isheaded to the Houston Astros in exchange for Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez, according to the teams.
Liriano hasn't pitched well this season -- he departs Toronto with a 5.88 ERA and 1.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 starts. Other teams had reportedly been interested in using Liriano as a reliever.
Presuming Houston does go that route, it's worth noting Liriano has held lefties to a .230/.254/.361 line this season. He's struck out 17 of the 63 same-handed batters he's faced, all the while issuing just one walk. Liriano will be a free agent at season's end.
Aoki is controllable through next season. He's hit .272/.323/.371 this year. It seems unlikely that Aoki will factor into the Blue Jays' 2018 roster. Hernandez, on the other hand, should be. He was ranked no. 9 in the Houston system thanks to his 20-homer, 20-steal potential.