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Laying the First Brick

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The Cincinnati Reds have made a trade! No, not that one, but a good one, nonetheless. The Reds have added Tanner Roark to their starting rotation plans for 2019.

The Reds and Nationals engaged in the world’s first (probably) trade of Tanners as the now former-Red, Tanner Rainey, was swapped for Roark. This figures to be a busy offseason for the Cincinnati front office, so this is really the opening statement. Getting a guy who figures to be the number three guy in the rotation is a good way to begin.

Roark, whether you look at baseball-reference.comor fangraphs.com, would have been the best pitcher on the Reds, according to WAR, in 2018. His ERA was above 4.00, which is typically where he keeps it, but his numbers are comparable to a former Red that everyone wished was on the team in 2018, Mike Leake. Roark’s innings pitched over the last three years are 210, 181, and 180. That 180 in 2018 was 10 more innings than any Reds pitcher. He’s the innings-eater we all wanted.

Tanner Rainey got his first cup of coffee in the majors, last year, and allowed 19 earned runs in seven innings. He allowed 13 hits, four homers, and 12 walks. He pitched 275 innings in the minor leagues, compiling a 4.22 ERA and, while he had a 11.1 strikeouts-per-nine rate, he also walked 5.3 hitters per-nine.

Some will point to triple-digit fastball, but the Reds had seen all they needed to, of Rainey, and found an opportunity to flip him for a pitcher who can help them, now. Bravo, on this trade, knowing that more are on the way.

It’s an exciting time to be a Reds fan, and I’m Tweeting up a storm about it. Look me up @jefffcarr and also check out @lockedonReds.

Jeff has spent his entire life around sports. From playing baseball and golf in high school to traveling with college softball, volleyball, and men’s basketball teams as their media relations guy, sports have always been his focal point. He’s pumped to be bringing Reds content to the Locked on Sports Podcast Network!

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