Francisco Liriano being traded to the Astros, pending a physical

The MLB Trade Deadline is Monday, July 31st at 4 p.m. eastern and Jays Journal has you covered. The Blue Jays are fifth in the American League East, eight games out of first.MLB.com is reporting that outfielder Nori Aoki and minor league outfielder Teoscar Hernandez are headed to Toronto in return for Liriano.Francisco Liriano: 6-5, 5.88 ERA- Has allowed 3 runs or less in last three outings. He is now ranked as the #9 prospect in Houston’s system by MLB Pipeline. Other teams had reportedly been interested in using Liriano as a reliever. Liriano has held lefty hitters to a.230 average this year. The 33-year-old hurler is 33 years old earning $13.6 million and set to become a free agent at season’s end.Aoki, 35, has hit.272/.323/.371 across 224 plate appearances this season with the Astros. Hernandez, 24, is batting.279/.369/.485 with 12 homers and 12 steals over 79 games this season at Triple-A. The move indicates that Houston is going all out for a title this season.The Astros – who could still look to add a potential starting pitcher in the hours before the deadline – are first in the American League West by a mile, now leading the second-place Seattle Mariners by 16 games.