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The Astros agreed to acquire left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays hours before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, MLB Network reported.
Houston will send outfielder Nori Aoki and a minor-league player to the Blue Jays, according to MLB.com.
Liriano has been a starting pitcher throughout the majority of his career, but the injury-riddled veteran could be set for a move to the bullpen in Houston.
After being traded to Toronto from the Pirates before last summer’s trade deadline, Liriano went 2-2 with a sterling 2.92 ERA in 10 appearances with the Blue Jays to close out the 2016 season.
This year, Liriano is 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA, but a move to the bullpen could allow him to throw his best pitches more regularly, thus accentuating his solid strikeout rate while helping his troublesome walk rate.
When mentioning Choi, Thames referred to the Wyverns third baseman as the home run guy.
I feel like he has a great talent, Thames said. He can come over here and play.
Choi indeed has talents. In his age-30 season, Choi has hit for a .307/.427/.675 slash line with 37 home runs in 324 at-bats, putting himself on a pace for a 50-homer season. Choi has been steady throughout his KBO career, owning a career .293/.389/.520 slash line and earning the Golden Glove award at third base four times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016). He received some attention in the U.S. media back in 2014 when Jon Heyman wrote about Choi at CBS Sports, dubbing him the Korean David Wright.
However, Choi ended up staying with the SK Wyverns, inking a four-year deal that spans ends after 2018.
Dan McCullers Jersey It is unclear whether Choi will look to go to the majors after his age-31 season. His numbers, however, are hard to ignore. If Choi follows this season up with a strong 2018, he could be a potential target for overseas teams in free agency.