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Wednesday Bantering: Royals in talks for Francisco Liriano

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Your morning update for everything Blue Jays.

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The Kansas City Royals are in talks with the Blue Jays about acquiring Francisco Liriano, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Throwing five innings of two-run ball in his last outing after back-to-back starts ending prior to the third frame, Liriano may have significantly helped his trade value.

Liriano has posted a 5.99 ERA this season, but his FIP of 4.90 indicates he’s been facing some bad luck. Should he be traded to Kansas City, his HR/9 rate of 1.3 is certain to drop, given the size of Kauffman Stadium.

After pitching against the Blue Jays yesterday, the Yankees and Athletics are in talks about Sonny Gray, Buster Olney tweets. The starter would help bolster a weak New York rotation behind a bullpen that has already become one of the best in the game.

The Blue Jays placed reliever Danny Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement yesterday, recalling left-handed pitcher Matt Dermody from triple-A Buffalo. Manager John Gibbons stated before Tuesday’s game that the injury to Barnes was likely caused by a heavy workload.

The Blue Jays also activated Anthony Alford from the disabled list and assigned him to double-A New Hampshire.

Additionally, Jeff Beliveau has cleared waivers since being designated for assignment. He’s been outrighted to the triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

The Red Sox acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants in exchange for two minor-league pitchers early this morning. Nunez solves numerous problems at first base for Boston, as top prospect Rafael Devers had recently been recalled to fill in at the position.

The Red Sox were thought to be involved in talks for Todd Frazier prior to being traded to the Yankees.

The Blue Jays won their second game in a row on Tuesday night, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-1. Cesar Valdez, in a spot start for the injured Aaron Sanchez, pitched six innings and allowed only one run. Toronto scored all four of their runs in the second inning, capitalizing off of a throwing error by starter Sonny Gray. All of the runs scored were unearned.

Side note: Should runs be unearned if the error is committed by the pitcher?

Today, the Blue Jays will play the third of their four game series against the Athletics at 7:07 ET. Marco Estrada, with his 5.52 ERA this season, will start for Toronto, and Paul Blackburn will make his fourth major-league start for Oakland. You can watch the game on Sportsnet and TVA Sports or listen to it on Sportsnet 590.


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Even though it doesn’t effect the Blue Jays at all, Yu Darvish had Toronto on his 10-team no-trade list, Ken Rosenthal reports. The Red Sox and Orioles are the only other AL East teams on the list.

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