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Houston Adds Francisco Liriano

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Houston was expected to trade for at least one starting pitcher by the trade deadline later today, but not many were expecting that player would be Francisco Liriano

It’s being reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the Toronto Blue Jays will be sending Liriano to the Astros, reportedly in return for an outfielder:

The trade is still pending physicals. 

While Liriano has spent the majority of his career in a starting role, it’s likely the Astros will use him in a lefty specialist role, sharing that role with Tony Sipp. While Liriano has struggled this season with a 5.88 ERA, and hasn’t been a top pitcher since 2014, he has been much more effective against lefties (.262 wOBA against lefties vs. .375 wOBA against righties). 

Trading for Liriano doesn’t preclude the Astros from adding more pieces before the deadline, including top-flight closer Zach Britton or starters Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray. In fact:

Stay tuned! 

Our Take
Jeremy Losak
Editor in Chief

Liriano still has more than $4M left on his $13.67M contract this season. With the high money dump, and the reliever role, it’s not expected that the Blue Jays will receive much back in the deal.

Jeremy Losak
Editor in Chief

UPDATE: Astros will be sending Nori Aoki,

and OF Teoscar Hernandez.

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