MLB hot stove: Reds acquire starter Tanner Roark from Nationals

The Reds have acquired starting pitcher Tanner Roark from the Nationals, the team announced Wednesday.

#Reds today announced the acquisition of RHP Tanner Roark from the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Tanner Rainey.

Washington will receive reliever Tanner Rainey in return from the Reds.

Roark has posted three straight years of at least 180 innings pitched. He has had some lackluster seasons ERA wise as he has posted 4.67 and 4.34 ERAs over the last two years, but he is also just three years removed from a 16-10 season in which he tossed 210 innings and tallied a 2.83 ERA.

If the Reds get that Roark this will be a very good deal. If they don’t, he can likely at least eat up some innings.

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Roark agreed to a one-year, $9.8 million deal in arbitration with the Nationals this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent after 2019.

Rainey made eight relief appearances for the Reds last season and posted a 24.43 ERA. The 25-year-old went 7-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 44 relief appearances at Triple-A Louisville.

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