Things are starting to happen on the trade market at a much higher pace now.
In the last hour or so, we have had several relievers come off the board with the Nationals doing a lot of the work there. While we still don’t have any word on the bigger names like Shane Greene, the starter market has a move that is nearing completion.
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
Oakland had already added Jake Diekman to bolster their bullpen earlier and now they have added a fairly reliable arm to their rotation. In 21 starts this year for Cincinnati this season, Roark has accumulated 1.8 rWAR with a 4.24 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 110.1 innings pitched. Again, not the crazy flashy move that the Trevor Bauer trade was last night, but the kinds of moves that can help define division and wild card races.
As for Cincinnati, it is a little hard to peg what their plan is that they got what can best be described as a puzzling return in last night’s trade. While moving Roark is a move that makes sense given his contract status, it doesn’t really seem like they now if they are buyers or sellers at this point.