The Francisco Liriano situation is much like Estrada as the veteran is set to become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2017 campaign. Liriano has also struggled this season which will surely affect his trade value and the possible return the Jays can garner back for him.
The 33-year old was shelved earlier in the season with shoulder issues which somewhat contributes to his inflated stat line. Liriano is attempting to bring his 5.66 earned run average back to respectability before teams come calling for his services.
Liriano showed flashes of his former self in June surrendering 3 runs or fewer in four of his outings during the month. The Blue Jays acquired Liriano last season at the deadline with prospects Harold Ramirez and Reese McGuire in exchange for Drew Hutchison. I believe the Blue Jays ate some salary on the deal however I am still trying to wrap my head around this one from the Pirates perspective.
Nonetheless, the Blue Jays will send Liriano packing before the deadline if they do in fact become sellers. Liriano was dominant all spring and was many people’s pick, including mine, to lead the Jays staff this season but it has just not worked out that way for the veteran hurler.
Again the Jays won’t get a huge score for Liriano due to his numbers but he is someone they will look to move.