Tanner Roark is the other 26-year-old pitcher on the list and could also be a good long-term addition to the team. The Cincinnati Reds are at the bottom of their division and could be looking to cash in on a few players that are due to be free agents after 2019. Roark may be the top target for competitive teams on the Reds roster.
Roark has been a durable and reliable starter over most of his career starting 30 or more games in four seasons and never missing significant time to injury. His strikeout rate in 2019 is tops in his career and he’s giving up home runs at the lowest rate in his career as well. The problem with trading for Roark is that he’s not going to be your Co-Ace or even a solid number two starter. However, he would slot in nicely behind Berrios as a solid third starter pushing Gibson or Perez to fourth. Given it’s likely the Twins could go to a four-man rotation in the playoffs it leaves the Twins in a good position in case there is an injury leading up to the playoffs.
Roark is viewed as having less upside than Sanchez but a similar level of pitcher currently. Thus, Roark will probably demand a lesser prospect package, perhaps a top 25 prospect in the Twins system and another prospect. He will also be due to be signed to a new contract after 2019.