The Washington Nationals shocked the baseball world when they came out of the shadows to sign Patrick Corbin, the most prized free agent as far as starting pitchers were concerned.
After adding the much-needed rotation depth, it was just recently revealed that the Nats were actively shopping starting pitcher Tanner Roark.
Well, it did not take long to find a suitor for the 32-year-old as the Cincinnati Reds have just announced that they've acquired Roark from Washington in exchange for right-handed reliever Tanner Rainey.
#Reds announce trade for nationals RHP Tanner Roark for RHP Tanner Rainey— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 13, 2018
Rainey was a common target for clubs who spoke with the Reds. Closer-quality stuff, command isn’t quite there but was two-way guy at West Alabama. Good buy low target that had been passed by Joel Kuhnel internally. Roark is exactly what CIN needs & avoids bidding on open market. https://t.co/skWn6zkfBM— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) December 13, 2018
Rainey, on the other hand, surrendered 19 runs in just seven innings in the Big League's in 2018.
The 25-year-old spent most of his year with Triple-A Louisville where he posted a 2.65 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 35 walks in 51 innings of relief.