Braves: Tanner Roark agrees to a minor-league deal

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A familiar foe of the Braves has signed on to provide some organizational pitching depth, something Atlanta has sorely needed.

Roark looked destined for stardom after his rookie year in 2013, going 7-1 for the Nationals while posting a 1.51 ERA and 0.931 WHIP over 53.2 IP. He continued to play pretty well for Washington, notching a 2.85 ERA in 2014 before experiencing a down year with a 4.38 ERA in 2015. However, he bounced back in 2016 to the tune of a 2.83 ERA. 

Over that span, Roark was a big-time innings-eater on top of being very effective. His play fell off and got progressively worse from 2016 onward, but he continued to be a solid fifth starter that came out and pitched 180+ innings per season. Roark then bounced around from the Reds, Athletics, and Blue Jays, playing pretty poorly for the most part. Toronto released him on May 3rd in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract. I don’t expect Roark to be the pitcher he was back in 2013, but if he can be effective and eat some innings out of the ‘pen or in spot starts, this should be a decent signing. It’s worth noting, Roark fared pretty well against the NL East.

vs Braves — .658 OPS allowed

vs Marlins — .734 OPS allowed

vs Phillies — .730 OPS allowed

vs Mets — .640 OPS allowed

vs Nationals — .381 OPS allowed


If Roark can keep that up, he can be effective for the Braves, who just got back to .500 in a very competitive NL East.

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