Option 2: Trade Tanner Roark
Roark was sensational last year, pitching nearly 200 innings and having a 2.85 ERA to show for the grind that is the MLB season. In direct proportion then, the trade market for Roark should be sensational too. If the Nationals were to dangle Roark to test the waters, they would certainly be receiving calls from the likes of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves, and Boston Red Sox, all teams that could use help in the number four or five-spot in their respective rotations. Roark would certainly bring back some value, and the team acquiring him would still have five seasons of control, which is something that would appeal to a team like the Braves or Athletics. However, it looks like those five years appeal to the Nationals themselves too, as Roark hasn’t been mentioned at all in all the whispers coming out of Washington.
Potential Suitors: Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals