Blue Jays trade Liriano to Astros, Smith to Indians

Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano sports a 5.88 ERA this year but has held left-handed hitters to a.230 average

Francisco Liriano is on the move for the second consecutive deadline.

The Blue Jays acquired Liriano from Pittsburgh at last season's trade deadline. Houston is sending outfielder Nori Aoki and a prospect yet to be named to Toronto in the deal. Fox's Ken Rosenthal first reported the Smith trade, while Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes reported the players involved in the deal. Liriano has been viewed as a rental pitcher, as his contract will expire at season's end.

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Already making 18 starts for the Blue Jays thus far into the 2017 regular season, he has compiled an underwhelming 5.88 ERA across 82.2 innings of work in all. Liriano exited the game with Toronto ahead 4-3 after six innings of three-run baseball, striking out four. The 33-year-old lefty had also reportedly been drawing interest from the Kansas City Royals. Stay tuned to our MLB Trade Tracker for all your Blue Jays trade news as it happens.

Liriano has remained rather effective against left-handed hitters this year, which could provide a hint of how Houston would deploy him out of the bullpen. J.A. Happ, who was a 20-game victor in 2016 with a 3.18 ERA now sits at 3-8 with an ERA almost a full run higher.

Liriano will add pitching depth to a Houston Astros team that had the best record in the American League (68-36) before Monday's games.

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