MLB trades: Astros get lefty Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano is on the move for the second consecutive deadline. This time last year, Liriano was headed from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Toronto Blue Jays

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. 

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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