Though his final start with the Cinccinnati Reds was a bit of a clunker yesterday, Tanner Roark still carried a good bit of trade value as a veteran pitcher with postseason experience. His ERA ballooned to over 4 after his rough outing against Pittsburgh yesterday, but that wasn’t enough to dissuade the Oakland A’s from pursuing him, and pursue him they did.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal has reported the Reds are trading Roark to Oakland today.
Roark, 32, was making $10 million in this, his final season under team control before reaching free agency. The trade that brought in Trevor Bauer last night and the recent return of Alex Wood from injury also made him a bit expendable for Cincinnati, while Oakland has been starved for some quality innings for much of 2019.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan has reported that the Reds will receive one minor leaguer in the deal, which we’ll obviously need to be briefed on later in order to accurately evaluate this deal.
The Reds will receive one minor leaguer from the Oakland A's in exchange for Tanner Roark, per source.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2019
It appears the Reds will receive CF prospect Jameson Hannah, as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported.
Reds get CF Jameson Hannah for Roark— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2019
Hannah, 21, was a 2nd round pick by Oakland in the 2018 MLB Draft, and ranked as the #6 prospect in their system in the most recent FanGraphs rankings. MLB Pipeline has him at #8.
So far in 2019, he’s posted just a .723 OPS at A+ Stockton in the California League, which is a notorious hitter’s paradise, so there’s that.