Reports are stating Francisco Liriano has been traded to the Houston Astros.
Can confirm Astros have acquired LHP Liriano from Jays.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 31, 2017
The club has confirmed.
We have acquired OF Nori Aoki and OF Teoscar Hernández from the Astros for LHP Francisco Liriano. pic.twitter.com/hnxIDUDnou— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 31, 2017
Who are the Jays getting in return?
Source: Astros are sending OF Nori Aoki and a Minor League player to the Blue Jays.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 31, 2017
Outfielder Norichika Aoki has a year of arbitration left, and is under control through 2018. He has good contact, but not a ton of power. He is hitting .272/.323/.371 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs this year. Aoki also has 5 stolen bases. He has a career 105 wRC+, but is in a down year (87 wRC+).
Teoscar Hernandez is No. 9 on the Astros list of top prospects. He is a 24-year-old outfielder hitting .279/.369/.485 in AAA. He splits time between center and right field.
Considering the Blue Jays struggles in the outfield this season, this deal makes a ton of sense for them.
Looks like the front office will now be switching gears to Joe Smith.
Joe Smith is likely the next Toronto pitcher to be moved. Expectation is the Blue Jays will work it as close to 4 pm ET to drive price up.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) July 31, 2017