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A's acquire pitcher Tanner Roark from Reds before MLB trade deadline

A's acquire pitcher Tanner Roark from Reds before MLB trade deadline

The A's made another addition to their starting rotation Wednesday morning, acquiring veteran right-hander Tanner Roark and cash considerations from the Reds in exchange for minor league outfield prospect Jameson Hannah.

The trade was first reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, with MLB Network's Jon Heyman first to report that Hannah was heading to Cincinnati. The A's confirmed the deal later Wednesday afternoon.

Roark, 32, is 6-7 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 21 starts this season. In seven major league seasons, he is 70-61 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

Roark is earning $10 million this year and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports that Cincinnati will pay the majority of his remaining salary, which is a little over $3 million.

Roark should slot in as Oakland's number two or three starter, joining Mike Fiers, Brett Anderson, Chris Bassitt, and Homer Bailey, with Daniel Mengden likely the odd man out. Bailey came over from Kansas City earlier this month in exchange for infield prospect Kevin Merrell.

Roark features a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup, with an occasional cutter as well. He pitches well to contact and doesn't walk many hitters, which should benefit him in Oakland, especially with the A's strong defense behind him.

Hannah was ranked as the A's No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old is slashing .283/.341/.381 with two home runs, 25 doubles, 31 RBI and six stolen bases this season at High-A Stockton. He was Oakland's second-round draft pick in 2018 out of Dallas Baptist University.

While Hannah is a solid average hitter, he doesn't have great power, and the A's feature plenty of outfield depth, both in the majors and minors. Ultimately, that made him expendable.

This appears to be a beneficial trade for both teams.

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Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

During this unprecedented time amid the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), it’s given us an opportunity to give thanks to those who so selflessly have been working hard to ensure the rest of us stay safe. 

For A’s closer Liam Hendriks, he wanted to give a special shoutout to those in the medical field working hard:

 “We, as an Oakland Athletics organization, want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for everything you’re doing, please stay safe,” he said via the A’s Instagram account.

Hendriks personally has felt the devastation the coronavirus has brought upon us as a society. He revealed recently that a friend of his, Conrad Buchanan, died due to COVID-19. Hendriks announced the news on Instagram last week and urged the world to stay home, “not only for your health, but for the sake of others as well.”

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Hendriks also wrote that Buchanan is survived by his wife and daughter.

MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

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MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

We won't have live Oakland A’s baseball for a while. For now, we have to improvise.

One of the ways the league is making sure everyone stays home is by implementing a way to watch MLB The Show 20 in a tournament put on by the players themselves.

In the game, you’re able to create essentially your own legacy in Major League Baseball.

Just like most games based on professional sports, each individual is given an overall rating.

Here are how some of the A’s players fared, out of a possible best score of 100:

3B Matt Chapman: 92
Closer Liam Hendriks: 88
1B Matt Olson: 86
SS Marcus Semien: 85
CF Ramón Laureano: 83
RP Joakim Soria: 83
SP Sean Manaea: 81
RP Yusmeiro Petit: 81
RP J.B. Wendelken: 78
P Frankie Montas: 76

You can see the rest of the A’s numbers, as well as other players across the league, in this video:

For Matt Chapman, he’s unsurprisingly one of the best third basemen in the game according to The Show’s player ratings -- No. 4 in that category to be specific. Right behind Houston Astros star Alex Bregman, who was rated a 95. 

Nolan Arenado leads the hot corner with a 99 overall rating. Chappy earlier this year told NBC Sports California where he believed he ranked compared to Arenado, Bregman and even Anthony Rendon. Rendon was signed by the Angels in the offseason, which only beefed up the AL West at that position.

Last season, Chappy put up solid numbers earning his first All-Star selection and his second, and consecutive Gold and Platinum Glove Awards. He hit 36 home runs and slashed .249/.342/.506 with 91 RBI.

For Liam Hendriks, who was rated the second-highest on the team, he was the third-highest among closers, with Kirby Yates leading the category.

Last season, Hendriks was sensational with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP in 85 innings. He also earned the first All-Star selection of his career.

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Marcus Semien also earned high marks with his 85 rating. He was tied with the likes of Adalberto Mondesi, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Not a bad group to be associated with.

The ratings at shortstop had a lot to do with fielding abilities. Despite the shift in power we get to see among middle infielders, the glove was a highlight here -- but the bats were all but ignored. Semien has improved drastically over the last couple of seasons with both his glove and offensive game. He was appreciated here.

Angels star Mike Trout also received a 99 rating, which goes to show who the rest of the league has to measure up to.