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Francisco Liriano | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 218
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SF
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According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have discussed re-signing Francisco Liriano.
Liriano didn't pitch all that well down the stretch with the Astros in 2017 and they had to give up a good prospect in Teoscar Hernandez to land him from the Blue Jays, but Houston is on the hunt for left-handed relief help and the 34-year-old southpaw should come fairly cheap. He has held left-handed batters to a .222/.297/.306 batting line over the course of his 12-year major league career. Dec 13 - 10:51 AM

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Astros acquired LHP Francisco Liriano and cash considerations from the Blue Jays for OFs Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez.

The move is now official. Liriano has struggled with a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts this season, but the Astros are planning to use him as a reliever down the stretch. It's worth a shot, as the veteran southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .230/.254/.361 batting line this season.
Jul 31 - 5:06 PM

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Astros have acquired left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays, pending a physical.

Davidi hears that an outfielder will likely be coming back to the Astros. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com hears that Nori Aoki and a minor leaguer are involved. Liriano has struggled with a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts this season, but the Astros are hoping he'll have better luck in relief. The southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .615 OPS this season.
Jul 31 - 1:26 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are talking to the Blue Jays about Francisco Liriano.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that the two sides are on the verge of pulling off a deal. Liriano has had a pretty terrible year, posting a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts, but Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that interested teams have been looking at him more as a reliever than a starter. If the Astros were to acquire him, he would be used in relief. The Astros are surely aiming much higher in other trade conversations, as well.
Jul 31 - 1:11 PM

Francisco Liriano scattered five hits and three runs over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Angels.

He walked one and struck out four while throwing 52 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Liriano blanked the Halos through five but ran out of gas in the sixth inning. Four of the five hits he allowed came in the sixth including a game-tying two-run single by Andrelton Simmons. Saturday was Liriano’s first quality start since July 6. It may also be his last start in a Toronto uniform with trade rumors running rampant. The Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals and Twins are just a sampling of the several teams he’s been linked to.
Jul 29 - 5:43 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have "at least considered" making a run at Francisco Liriano.

Liriano's trade market is heating up. The Cubs are known to be targeting Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander but Liriano could be their fallback option if those plans fall through. Aside from the Cubs, Liriano has also drawn interest from the Astros, Dodgers, Royals and Twins. Of the teams just mentioned, Kansas City has pursued Liriano the most aggressively.
Jul 27 - 8:59 PM

According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, the Astros and Twins have both been "linked" to Francisco Liriano.

Cotillo qualifies that Minnesota's interest in Liriano likely came before the team acquired Jaime Garcia, who could be dealt again before Monday's deadline. The Astros have cast a wide net in their search for a starting pitcher, pursuing a number of arms including Liriano, Jeff Samardzija and even Sonny Gray. Liriano has mostly been ineffective this year (6-5, 5.99 ERA) but he comes with a proven track record and could benefit from a change of scenery. Kansas City has shown the most interest in Liriano to this point.
Jul 27 - 4:51 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Royals are making progress toward acquiring Francisco Liriano.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday that Royals and Blue Jays were talking and now it appears as though a swap may be imminent. Liriano has registered a poor 5.99 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 70/42 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings (17 starts) this season for Toronto. He should come rather cheap.
Jul 27 - 3:17 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals are in talks with the Blue Jays about a trade for Francisco Liriano.

Liriano owns an ugly 5.99 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 70/42 K/BB ratio through 76 2/3 innings (17 starts) this season with Toronto, but the Royals don't have the kind of high-level prospects necessary to pursue big-ticket arms -- especially after acquiring Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter on Monday from the Padres. Liriano, 33, is owed around $4.5 million in the final year of a three-year, $39 million deal.
Jul 26 - 10:15 AM

Francisco Liriano held the A's to two runs over five innings Monday for his sixth win of the season.

Liriano yielded just two hits, though one was a solo homer by Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman in the top of the fifth inning. The left-hander walked two and struck out five. He's now 6-5 on the year with a 5.99 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 70/42 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings.
Jul 24 - 10:08 PM

Francisco Liriano was lifted after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 1 2/3 innings Thursday against the Red Sox.

In Liriano's defense, he was iffy to pitch today after leaving his last outing with soreness in his neck and upper back. He showed little on the mound in retiring just five of the 11 hitters he faced. If he's still not healthy, the DL will be an option.
Jul 20 - 5:14 PM

Francisco Liriano (neck, back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

The expectation is that Liriano will start Thursday against the Red Sox, but the Blue Jays aren't going to make that official until they see how the veteran lefty feels on Wednesday. Liriano exited his last start Saturday against the Tigers after experiencing tightness around his upper back and neck.
Jul 18 - 4:47 PM

Francisco Liriano (neck/back) doesn't need an MRI.

Liriano said early Sunday that his neck and back were still "really sore" after he was removed from Saturday's start, but it sounds like he must be feeling better after undergoing treatment. His status for his next scheduled start is still uncertain.
Jul 16 - 2:52 PM

Francisco Liriano (neck/back) said Sunday that he's unsure whether he'll be ready to make his next start.

Liriano said he's still "really sore" after leaving Saturday's outing with an injured neck and back. The Blue Jays haven't placed him on the disabled list yet, so it appears they'll give the southpaw a few days to see if he feels better.
Jul 16 - 11:41 AM

Francisco Liriano left Saturday's start against the Tigers with neck tightness.

Liriano never looked right on Saturday, scattering three hits, five runs and four walks over two-plus innings. He walked the bases loaded in the third before finally getting the hook. It's unclear if he'll be ready to make his next turn Thursday against Boston.
Jul 15 - 8:33 PM

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