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Report: Astros acquire Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays

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Update (2:22 PM ET): The minor leaguer the Jays are receiving is Teoscar Hernandez, per Davidi.

Hernandez, 24, put up a .724 OPS in 41 games in the big leagues last year. He’s spent just one game in the majors this year. With Triple-A Fresno, he’s hitting .279/.369/.485 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 347 plate appearances.

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The Blue Jays and Astros have an agreement on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano, pending a physical, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. The Jays will receive outfielder Nori Aoki and a minor leaguer in return, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

Liriano, 33, has struggled this year, owning a 5.88 ERA with a 74/43 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate is at it slowest point since 2011 and he is inducing significantly fewer ground balls at 43.4 percent compared to his average of 49.1 percent. The Sabermetric-minded Astros, however, may feel he can be fixed with a move to the bullpen. Liriano is owed the remainder of his $13 million salary and can become a free agent after the season.

Aoki, 35, has hit .272/.323/.371 across 224 plate appearances this season with the Astros. He has split time in left field with Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Reddick, but he became expendable once the club called up Derek Fisher for a second time last week.

Cubs acquire Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Tigers

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Update #2 (11:45 PM ET): The deal is final, per Lynn Henning. The Tigers will also receive shortstop Isaac Paredes as well as a player to be named later or cash.

Paredes, 18, is the Cubs’ No. 10 overall prospect. The Cubs signed him as an international free agent on July 31, 2015. This season, with Single-A South Bend, he hit .261/.341/.399 with seven home runs and 49 RBI in 380 plate appearances.

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Update (11:19 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal reports that, if the deal is completed, the Cubs will also receive catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers. The Tigers will receive Candelario and at least one other player.

Avila, 30, is having a career year, batting .271/.392/.472 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 263 plate appearances. He can become a free agent after the season.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring reliever Justin Wilson from the Tigers. Infielder Jeimer Candelario, the Cubs’ No.1  prospect according to MLB Pipeline, could be going to the Tigers in the deal, Heyman adds.

Wilson, 29, has posted a 2.68 ERA with a 55/16 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season for the Tigers. He would give the Cubs another fearsome left-hander to work the late innings. Wilson will be eligible for arbitration for the third and final time going into the 2018 season.

Candelario, 23, made his major league debut in 2016, playing five games in the big leagues and has played another 11 this season. Overall, he has a .490 OPS in the majors. He’s spent most of his 2017 season with Triple-A Iowa, batting .266/.361/.507 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 330 plate appearances. The Cubs signed Candelario as an international free agent on October 2, 2010.

Andrew McCutchen homers three times against the Padres on Sunday

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Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a trio of solo homers, leading his team to a 7-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. His first dinger came in the first inning off of Clayton Richard, putting the Pirates up 1-0. He went yard again in the eighth, boosting the Pirates’ lead to 5-1. His third homer caromed off of the right field foul pole, making it a 7-1 game.

McCutchen is the eighth player to hit three home runs in a game this season, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Kemp, Anthony Rendon, Scooter Gennett (four), Eddie Rosario, Corey Seager, and Nolan Arenado. Despite the home run surge that we’ve seen this season, we’re still a ways off from matching last year’s three-homer game count of 19. The record was set in 2001 with 22 three-homer games.

Last year, McCutchen put up the worst numbers of his career and he lost his long time position in center field entering this season until Starling Marte was suspended. McCutchen has turned things around this year. After Sunday’s action, he’s batting .292/.385/.535 with 22 home runs, 66 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 431 plate appearances.