MLB Trade Grade: Houston Astros Acquire Francisco Liriano From Toronto Blue Jays

A trade of veterans was struck as the Blue Jays acquired outfielder Nori Aoki from the Astros as the Astros acquired Francisco Liriano and cash considerations.

Nori Aoki: Since signing with the Houston Astros this past offseason, Aoki has primarily been used as a backup outfielder during his tenure with the team. This season, Nori Aoki has a slash line of .272/.323/.694 in 70 games this season. Nori Aoki will resume as a primary backup outfielder for the remainder of the year in Toronto.

Francisco Liriano: Francisco Liriano will be taking on a new role with Houston as he will be headed straight to the team’s bullpen. The 1st place Astros are not needing a whole lot of aid in their rotation but bulking up their bullpen would be nice once the playoff’s come around for the team. This season, Francisco Liriano started as a starting pitcher and is 6-5 this season with a struggling 5.88 ERA and 74 strikeouts. This move to the bullpen for Liriano could benefit him and take pressure off of him.

Final Thoughts: This trade is a quick swap that answers the Astros aid for another arm in the bullpen by also giving the Blue Jays a more reliable backup piece in their bullpen. Francisco Liriano is in a contract year and some sites say that Nori Aoki could be non-tendered at the conclusion of the year. This is overall a depth addition for both sides.

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