Astros trade for Liriano
Houston ships Aoki, minor leaguer to Toronto for left-handed pitcher.
The Astros acquired veteran lefthander Francisco Liriano from the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Nori Aoki and minor league outfielder Teoscar Hernandez on Monday before the nonwaiver trading deadline.
Liriano, who is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, has struggled in a starting role for Toronto this season. The 33-year-old Dominican has a 5.88 ERA in 18 starts. He has 74 strikeouts but 43 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .615 OPS in 61 at-bats.
Aoki said he was surprised to learn he had been traded to the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon.
“I’ve been keeping up with MLB trade rumors and everything like that. I never thought that I would be included,” Aoki said through an interpreter.
The 35-year-old Japanese veteran agreed to a oneyear, $5.5 million deal with Houston in December after the Astros claimed him off waivers from the Seattle