Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Multiple media outlets are reporting the Houston Astros have acquired Francisco Liriano from the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Acquiring a pitcher like Liriano was a priority for us. He not only has been a starter, he’s been a reliever, he’s got postseason experience. We really think he can help this club out in an area of great need,” Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said.
The Astros have sent Nori Aoki, the veteran outfielder, and reportedly another minor leaguer to Toronto for the left handed pitcher.
Liriano has started 18 games for the Toronto Blue Jays going 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA, but is likely to be moved into a bullpen role with a spot start when needed. Luhnow was not certain what role Francisco would take on.
“I’m going to leave that up to A.J. Hinch and Brent Strom… He can do anything, he can pitch multiple innings in the middle of a game, he can start, he can relieve, he can be a specialist. That’s one of the things we like about him is his versatility.”
The MLB Trade deadline is 3pm CT Monday. The Astros are to be rumored to be looking at Orioles closer Zach Britton as well as a starter to bolster their rotation.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed in not getting some of the moves done that we were working on. We had some that were close to and almost over the finish line… There’s a lot of things, a lot of dynamics that happen with these deals and for reasons I can’t really talk about they didn’t happen. I do believe that this team has what it takes to win in the postseason with the players we have. It doesn’t mean we didn’t try hard to improve those chances,” Luhnow said.