It looks as if Francisco Liriano won’t be a Blue Jay by August 1st.
Toronto appears content with trading the left-handed starter and made significant progress with the Royals yesterday, Jon Morosi reported. Joel Sherman tweeted that the Blue Jays, receiving interest from many teams, may be close to moving Liriano and other players on the last year of their contracts, like Marco Estrada, Joe Smith and Jose Bautista.
The Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers have all shown interest in Liriano at some point, although the Twins may have considered Liriano prior to acquiring Jamie Garcia.
Ken Rosenthal reported that most teams are interested in Liriano as a reliever, rather than a starter.
Boston’s David Price is reportedly heading to the disabled list with an elbow issue. Jeff Passan tweeted that the injury, although not publicly stated, was “a long time coming.”
In other divisional news, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired Steve Cishek from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Erasmo Ramirez on Friday morning. Additionally, Aaron Judge chipped a tooth when being hit in the mouth with a batting helmet during the Yankees’ walk-off celebration last night. He won’t miss any playing time.
The Blue Jays completed their sweep of the Oakland Athletics with an epic 8-4 walk-off win yesterday afternoon. For his third home run in 21 hours, Kendrys Morales tied the game in the ninth, and Steve Pearce hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth. It was pretty epic. Toronto is now 48-54 and six games back in the wildcard race.
Today, the Blue Jays start their last series of the home stand against the Los Angeles Angels. J.A. Happ will start for the Blue Jays after giving up four home runs in his last 21 innings, and Parker Bridwell will be on the mound for the Angles.
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