With all the attention on the big fish of this years free agent market the jays made an under the radar move and came to a 2 year-$24 million dollar contract agreement with starting pitcher Tanner Roark.
Roark has spent the majority of his career pitching for the defending champions the Washington Nationals but was traded during the offseason leading up to the 2019 season to the Cincinnati Reds. later the next season he found himself shipped off at the deadline to the Oakland Athletics. Pitching for the Athletics Roark appeared in 10 games, all of which he started. He pitched to a 4.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP to go with a FIP of 5.63. His end of the year numbers was a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP along with a 4.67 FIP. Roark is joining a young and rebuilding Blue Jays squad that needed another arm in the rotation while they look to develop their farm system without rushing any of the players. He isn’t being brought in to repeat his 2016 season that saw him pitch to a 2.83 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP, but that isn’t saying that he wont put up some solid numbers as a member of the Blue jays. Even though this was not the most exciting of signings, this was a very good signing for the jays who get a quality innings eater that will also be a great mentor for the young kids apart of the club.
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