The Toronto Blue Jays traded left-hander Francisco Liriano to the Houston Astros for outfielder Nori Aoki and prospect Teoscar Hernández.

The 33-year-old Liriano has struggled mightily this season, posting a 5.88 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 18 starts and 82.2 innings. Liriano’s issued just one walk in 63 plate appearances against left-handed hitters this season, compared to 42 walks in 312 plate appearances versus righties.

Toronto acquired Liriano, along with two prospects, in July 2016 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-hander Drew Hutchison. Liriano’s making $13 million this season, the third in a three-year, $39-million deal he signed with the Pirates in December 2014.

Aside from a one-game cameo with the Astros, the 24-year-old has spent all of the 2017 season in triple-A Fresno, where he has a .865 OPS in 79 games with 12 home runs.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also traded right-handed reliever Joe Smith to the Cleveland Indians.

In exchange for Smith Cleveland will be sending left-hander Tom Pannone and infielder Samad Taylor to Toronto.


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