The Braves seem to be at a bit of a crossroads this season, particularly with their pitching staff, and they seem to be well aware of it. Just yesterday, the team signed old friend Shane Greene to a one year deal to reinforce a bullpen that has had its ups and down. Between Greene and presumed imminent return of Chris Martin, things should improve for the bullpen.
However, there are still questions surrounding the Braves’ rotation and with the team’s fortunes turning in the past week or so, getting some depth in the system to guard against future injuries and/or other setbacks isn’t the worst idea in the world.
Enter Tanner Roark.
Tanner Roark has signed a Minor League deal with the Braves, per source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) May 10, 2021
It is important to be clear here that this is a minor league deal and that Roark hasn’t exactly been awesome. After signing a lucrative two year deal with the Blue Jays before the 2020 season, Roark was not good for Toronto and was designated for assignment just three appearances into this season. Tanner has done decent work in the past with the Nationals, A’s, and Reds, but this seems to be more of a flyer and a depth move than replacing anyone on the Braves roster anytime soon.
That said, with Drew Smyly’s injury history and struggles this season, Charlie Morton looking pretty human, and all of the young arms that the Braves’ are trying out in the rotation, it isn’t the worst idea in the world to sign a veteran arm or two on minor league deals to get some depth in case the Bryse Wilsons and Kyle Wrights of the world can’t contribute reliably.