The Cincinnati Reds have decided to both buy and sell at the deadline.
One day after moving Yasiel Puig and others in a three-team trade for Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati has traded veteran started Tanner Roark to the Oakland Athletics.
This is a relatively big move for an Oakland team that’s in the midst of a wild card run in the American League and in need of major starting rotation help.
The suspension ace starter Frankie Montas received earlier in the season put Oakland behind the eight-ball.
Since then, it has acquired two starters in that of Roark and Homer Bailey.
Roark, 32, is pitching to a 6-7 record with a 4.24 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 21 starts this season.
While he’s merely a middle of the rotation arm, the A’s needed more experience on the bump heading into the stretch run.
In return, Cincinnati gets outfielder Jameson Hannah. According to MLB, he’s the No. 8 prospect in Oakland’s system. Hannah is currently playing Single-A ball and was a second-round pick of the A’s in 2018.