Nationals trade starter Tanner Roark to the Reds

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Nationals traded pitcher Tanner Roark to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. The Nationals are receiving pitcher Tanner Rainey.

Roark is traded for the second-time in his career. He was traded by the Texas Rangers, along with then prospect Ryan Tatusko, to the Nationals for Cristian Guzman on July 30th, 2010.

Former Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark pitching against the Atlanta Braves
Tanner Roark pitching against the Atlanta Braves (Getty Images)

This will be the second MLB team for Roark. The 32-year-old Wilmington, Illinois native spent his entire career with the Nationals before this trade.

He is slated to become a free agent following the 2020 season.

This past season, he went 9-15 in 31 appearances, including 30 starts, and one game finished. He had a 4.34 ERA in 180 1/3 innings.

He also allowed 90 runs (87 earned runs) and 24 home runs. He also struck out 146 batters and walked 50.

The 15 losses was the most ever in his career. Previously, his most losses in a season was 11 when he went 13-11 in the 2017 season.

In his career, he has a 64-54 record in 182 appearances, including 141 starts, 10 games finished, one complete game, one shutout, and one save.

Roark has a career 3.59 ERA in 935 innings. He also allowed 397 runs (373 earned runs) and 98 home runs.

He also struck out 732 batters and walked 263.

This is Rainey’s first trade in his career. The 25-year-old Hammond, Louisiana native spent eight games and two games finished with the Reds in 2018.

He had a 24.43 ERA in seven innings. He allowed 19 runs (19 earned runs) and four home runs on 13 hits.

He also struck out seven batters and walked 12.

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