|From District on Deck|
The Cincinnati Reds have acquired RHP Tanner Roark from the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Tanner Rainey.
For the Reds, they have been reportedly engaged in trade talks for a starter, with the Yankees' Sonny Gray being the name seen most, plus they've been trying to re-sign Matt Harvey. Roark has had good seasons before, and they are willing to pay the number north of $10 million Roark is expected to earn in arbitration. The big hold back is that Roark is coming off two tough years in 2017 and 2018.
Roark, 32, had a 4.34 ERA, 4.27 FIP and 146 strikeouts in 180.1 innings for the Nationals in 2018. The best year of his career came in 2016, when he had a 2.83 ERA, 3.79 FIP and 172 strikeouts in 210 innings. In his MLB career, all for the Nationals, Roark has an ERA of 3.59, with a 3.91 FIP and 732 strikeouts in 935 innings.
For the Nats, after signing Patrick Corbin to a $140 million deal, the Nats needed to get rid of some contracts, and a rotation spot. Like I mentioned before, Roark is expected to make $10 million in 2019, and wasn't worth that much to them. They get Rainey, a player that just made his MLB debut at the end of 2018. Fun fact: Rainey is the only other Tanner R. in MLB history, besides Roark.
Rainey, who will be 26 by the start of 2019, allowed 19 runs in seven innings (24.43 ERA) with seven strikeouts.