If it feels like we just wrote about Tanner Roark, it’s because we did just write about Tanner Roark. Earlier today we looked at how the Cincinnati Reds asking price for him was, as one general manager put it “untouchable”. That can be viewed in many different ways, and we covered most of them in the article. And you can also look at it as a negotiating ploy – ask for the moon, then work your way backwards so you’re actual ask isn’t viewed as “out there”. That asking price quoted by an anonymous general manager in the above linked article hasn’t, apparently, stopped other teams from being interested.
Braves and A’s join Yankees with interest in Tanner Roark
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019
Three contenders are still showing interest in the Cincinnati Reds right-handed starter according to Jon Heyman. The Reds starter will be a free agent at the end of the season, so there’s only so much that you can ask for. And if the price for Marcus Stroman is anything to sort of set the market, the price paid probably won’t be too high.
That leaves the Reds in a strange spot where they have to decide what’s making more sense: Getting something in return for a free agent, or taking the production he provides and winning more games through September. The math from my seat here in Dayton (taking in the Dragons game tonight to see 1st rounder Nick Lodolo pitch) isn’t as easy as it may be at Great American Ballpark where I’m sure they’ve been weighing all of their options.
The other thing to consider is that maybe in a scenario where most teams feel like they are “in it”, there’s not as many players available. In that case the closer to the deadline things get, and we are 23 hours and change away at this point, the more you can potentially ask for. That probably doesn’t apply to Roark, though, who is scheduled to start tonight. And if he does, that’s one less start that he can make for an acquiring team. So, to quote Samuel L. Jackson from Jurassic Park: Hold onto your butts.