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AL East: Toronto gives Aoki his unconditional release

Check out what’s going on in the American League East.

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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: