Right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark has elected free agency, according to Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Presumably, the Braves had placed him on waivers, which he then cleared. Roark had enough service time to reject the assignment and elect free agency.
It’s been a rough couple of years for Roark, after a solid seven-year run before that. From 2013 to 2019, the righty logged 1100 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.71, producing 14.6 fWAR. But after signing a two-year deal with the Blue Jays before the 2020 season, it’s been mostly rough sailing. In the shortened 2020 campaign, Roark pitched 47 2/3 innings with an ERA of 6.80. Toronto didn’t give him much room to improve this year, as they cut him loose after just seven innings over three appearances.
Roark latched on with Atlanta on a minor league deal and has spent most of this year with their Triple-A team, where things have actually gone well for him. In 46 1/3 innings, primarily as a reliever, he put up an ERA of 2.14. The Braves selected his contract in June but didn’t get him into a game.
Roark can now go back to the open market and see if any team is intrigued by those signs of resurgence in Triple-A. Because it’s now September, Roark would not be eligible for postseason play, but could help a club soak up some innings as the season winds down.