Report: Nats 'engaged in' trade talks for Tanner Roark

Josh Luckenbaugh
December 11, 2018 - 11:15 am
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Having just added one arm to the rotation, the Nationals may soon be shipping another one out.

Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Washington is "engaged in multiple discussions to trade starter Tanner Roark."

Roark has been a part of the Nats rotation since the latter part of the 2013 season, compiling a 64-54 record and 3.59 ERA in 182 appearances (141 starts) over that span. 

He finished tenth in Cy Young voting after a stellar 2016 season in which he won 16 games and had a 2.83 ERA, but has struggled for the same consistency in the last two years. As Passan notes, Roark could be set to make eight figures in arbitration. 

The Nats have one of baseball's best starting pitching trios in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and the newly acquired Patrick Corbin, but the rest of the rotation is a bit of a mystery if Roark is dealt. 

But it sounds as if the Nats plan to fill those spots via free agency like they did with Corbin, a number of veteran arms still available on the market. 

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