Astros trade for Liri­ano

Hous­ton ships Aoki, mi­nor lea­guer to Toronto for left-handed pitcher.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Jake Ka­plan Hous­ton Chron­i­cle states­man. com. Astros

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

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