After designating him for assignment just a month after he came over in the Liriano deal, Toronto has give Aoki unconditional release. He is now a free agent and can ink a deal with any club for the pro-rated league minimum until the season is over. We wouldn’t be surprised if he was snagged in the next few days.
Just after the 35-year old’s designation, John Gibbons told the media a Nori Aoki trade remained a high “possibility”.
Aoki was slashing a decent .281/.294/.594 in his 32 at bats with Toronto, which is why many are left scratching their heads at the demotion.
Here’s what other news and rumors are happening around the American League East:
- The Blue Jays have called up Brett Anderson and optioned Leonel Campos.
- Hot take alert: Aaron Judge isn’t going to win MVP, and that’s okay.
- Should the Orioles be worried about their bullpen?
- The Rays faith in Sergio Romo has officially been rewarded.
- What’s the deal with Hanley Ramirez?
- Which players are the Yankees likely to call up in September?
- Dylan Bundy pitched a complete game, one hitter, makes baseball significantly more fun.
- Tampa Bay has activated Matt Andriese, optioned Chih-Wei Hu, and designated Taylor Featherston for assignment.
- Rajai Davis got to do his first outfield dance with the Red Sox.
- Billy Beane says the Josh Donaldson trade was “certainly questionable”.
- The Yankees may have two of the most improved prospects in the game.
- Rays outfielder Justin Williams is officially a breakout prospect.