The Reds (press release) have acquired Tanner Roark from the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever Tanner Rainey. Roark has been a starting pitcher for the Nationals, for whom he’s made 30 starts and pitched at least 180 innings in the last three seasons.
Last season, Roark had a 4.34 ERA, 4.42 xFIP and 4.27 SIERA.
Roark (32) enters his third year of arbitration eligibility and can become a free agent in 2020. He made $6.5 million in 2018 and projected to earn $9.8 million in 2019. Given his age, it’s hard to see Roark as a candidate for extension.
Dick Williams commented on the deal:
“We’ve been laying in the weeds for a couple of years and focused on rebuilding, and now it’s time to add to the team,” Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. “We’re in that mode now. And we fully expect to make more deals. This is the first of more to come.”
In trading Rainey for a one-year pitcher, the Reds are demonstrating their seriousness about competing in 2019. Here’s a short scouting report on Rainey from April from Doug Gray.
The Reds see Roark as a solid, innings-eating starter, not a top-of-the-rotation guy. As Williams says, Roark is the first of more to come.