LAS VEGAS – The Washington Nationals traded right-wing Tanner Roark to the Cincinnati Reds against substitute Tanner Rainey on Wednesday, a decision that gives Nationals greater financial flexibility in their quest for a good start at home. departure.
Roark was mainly part of the Nationals rotation since 2014 and finished last season with 15 defeats. Roark had a year of ups and downs – an appropriate illustration of his career from top to bottom – coupling a dreadful start to a much stronger finish. He will now seek consistency with the Reds after the Nationals inflicted on him the sixth noticeable change in their busy off season, nearly a decade after being selected at the 25th round of the University of Chicago. 39; Illinois.
"It was a great experience." I learned a lot from veteran pitchers and position players and guys who were there when I first arrived, "said Roark at a conference. phone with reporters Wednesday night. "They've taught me to be professional .I have come a long way, and I always remember some things, to always be a professional.I will miss you guys, of course But as I said, that's the name of the game. I've got new teammates now. Now I have to face [the Nationals]. "
This 32-year-old was supposed to be part of the Washington rotation before the start of these winter meetings. He must earn $ 10 million in his last year of eligibility for arbitration. This is the money the Nationals can now use to complete a rotation including Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and two question marks on the back.
Once the Nationals started listening to Roark's offerings, the first reports being reported Monday night, it seemed like they would move it only if they could get a tried-and-true starter to replace it. It's not Rainey, who came out of the barrel at the miners and during his brief stay at the majors last season. It seems that the nationals are confident of being able to add one or two other starters this winter. The team's internal options include Joe Ross, Erick Fedde and not much after the team traded in depth player Jefry Rodriguez at the end of November. Thus, an offseason already full of throwing transactions for the Nationals, including Corbin's signing signature, could include a few more.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that teams had started asking questions about Roark when Corbin landed in Washington last week.
Roark's mandate with the Nationals was sometimes difficult. After winning 15 games in 2014, he was transferred to the paddock when the Nationals signed Scherzer. He then struggled to find the pace by distinguishing himself between high-profile appearances and punctuated debut throughout 2015. He rebounded in 2016, winning 16 games, finishing with a score of 2.83 and winning the votes of the National League Cy Young at the end of the season. But he never seemed to be the same after competing in the World Baseball Classic in 2017 and achieved extremely contradictory results in 2018.
"Life is too short to hold grudges. But [shuffling between starting and relieving] what they wanted to do. If they can live with it, then they live with it, "said Roark Wednesday when asked if there was resentment between him and the Nationals. "They treated me well, but there were times when I was very frustrated and pissed off. But it makes me stronger mentally, how to handle things like that. It helped me. "
Right-handed Rainey spent most of last season with the AAA Bats in Louisville, where he was 7-2 and a 2.65 silver in 44 appearances. The 25-year-old made his debut in the Reds Major League in 2018 and conceded 19 points in just seven innings. Rainey, a second-round pick made by the Reds in 2015 in West Alabama, brings together youth and potential, including through a high exit rate and lots of against-hitters Right-handed at the minors. It is possible that he will become a powerful reliever at the end of the run for a franchise that says repeatedly that she could never have enough weapons to choose from.
But the move, more than anything else, is giving more money to the Nationals, as they continue to look for a strong and secure staff for the coming season. The addition by subtraction Wednesday could have brought them closer to this goal.
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