Wednesday night in Vegas, last real day of the Winter Meetings, and everyone realizes that they better actually get some work done or their bosses might not let them go to the work conference next year.
For the Nats, this meant trading Tanner Roark to the Reds for someone named Tanner Rainey. The young Mr. Rainey apparently has a fastball that can touch 100mph, but hasn’t harnessed his abilities in a meaningful enough way to make regular use of it at the major league level so far.
Roark was due to probably make $10MM in arbitration this offseason, and projected to maybe be a serviceable fourth starter, but he’s had issues with consistency the past couple of years, and it seems that the Nats didn’t deem him worth the risk. There’s been talk that they’ve been looking to bolster their rotation beyond what they’ve already got, and thinking was that they’d wait till they had a new guy in place before they’d trade Roark, but I guess the offer was something they couldn’t pass up (or they’ll announce the signing of a free agent pitcher in about ten minutes).