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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details
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Chris Archer threw three scoreless innings and struck out four Tuesday against the Twins.
You'll notice that most starters will go fewer innings in their final starts of the spring, as was certainly the case here. Archer's next appearance will be in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Yankees. He had a 1.98 ERA in four spring starts, plus a scoreless, four-inning appearance for Team USA against Colombia. Mar 28 - 4:16 PM

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Chris Archer has been announced as the Rays' Opening Day starter.

He'll get the nod at home April 2 against the Yankees. This will be Archer's third straight Opening Day start. The rest of Tampa Bay's rotation will follow in this order: Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake Snell and Matt Andriese. Even in a down year, Archer still finished second in the AL with 233 strikeouts last season. Look for him to bounce back in 2017.
Mar 23 - 8:52 PM

Chris Archer posted an up-and-down Grapefruit League start against the Orioles on Wednesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Archer did strike out six, but on the whole, this wasn't the sharpest of outings. He yielded runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, the loudest of those coming in the form of a two-run home run by Chris Johnson in the fourth. This past season, the 28-year-old Archer posted a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings (33 starts). It was something of a down campaign for the right-hander -- at least outside of the strikeouts -- but he remains a rock solid fantasy option in both mixed- and AL-only formats.
Mar 22 - 8:50 PM

Chris Archer has rejoined the Rays after a stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Archer notched three strikeouts and retired all 12 batters he faced in an opening round start against Columbia on Friday. Team USA ended up advancing to the next round, but Archer will start for the Rays on Thursday instead. This means that Drew Smyly, Marcus Stroman, and Danny Duffy are lined up to start this round for Team USA. Archer could rejoin Team USA if they advance to the championship on March 22.
Mar 14 - 2:26 PM

Chris Archer delivered a dominant performance in Friday's start against Colombia in the World Baseball Classic, striking out three over four perfect innings.

Archer threw 41 pitches, 30 of them for strikes, before handing the ball over to the team's bullpen. While he endured an up-and-down season in 2016, he remains one of the most dominant right-handed arms in the American League and is still a highly intriguing fantasy commodity. He is already being drafted as a top-15 starting pitcher and his stock could be on the rise with his strong spring performance.
Mar 10 - 9:34 PM

Chris Archer punched out five Orioles in three scoreless, hitless frames on Saturday.

He has yet to allow a run in five spring innings. The Rays' ace is expected to depart camp soon to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. He got off to a rough start last season but recovered to finish with a 4.02 ERA including 233 strikeouts in 201 1/3 innings. His record this year is likely to be much better than the 9-19 mark he notched a year ago.
Mar 4 - 4:49 PM

Chris Archer pitched a pair of scoreless innings Sunday against the Red Sox.

Archer had a strong spring last year before getting off to a disappointing start. He's expected to pitched once more next weekend before joining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
Feb 26 - 4:38 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays are not hearing what they want for right-hander Chris Archer.

At this stage, the Rays are much more likely to move either Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly. Archer has a very reasonable contract with a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020, so the Rays don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move him. They can wait if the offers aren't blowing them away.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:46:00 AM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that if the Braves trade for a top starter, Chris Archer is the "most likely" target.

It's been reported that the Braves are one of the main suitors for Chris Sale, but Bowman says the White Sox are insisting on Dansby Swanson being included in any deal and the Braves consider that a non-starter. That said, it doesn't sound like Atlanta is close to anything on Archer, either, with Bowman adding that so far "the Rays' ask far exceeds the Braves' comfort zone." It could all be posturing at this point, of course.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 02:11:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are looking to add a top-tier starting pitcher.

The offseason is young, but the Astros have already made improvements to their lineup by adding Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick. Now the Astros are going for the jugular by trying to add a top starting pitcher. Chris Archer is one of the pitchers they covet (Chris Sale is also on their short list), though the sense around Tampa Bay is that the Rays aren't eager to trade their best arm. The Astros have the pieces to pull off a big trade and Heyman speculates that Alex Bregman could be part of a return package for an ace like Archer or Sale.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 08:49:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Rays left this week's GM meetings with a "stronger belief" that at least one of Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi or Drew Smyly will be traded this offseason.

Coming off a dismal 68-win season, the Rays are officially in rebuilding mode. It's a rite of passage in Tampa Bay that whenever a pitcher begins to make a name for himself, he becomes instant trade fodder. In addition to the trio of Archer, Odorizzi and Smyly, Sherman said there's an "outside chance" the Rays could also deal Alex Cobb this offseason. With limited pitching talent in this year's free agent class, the Rays shouldn't have any trouble finding a trade partner.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 11:41:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Chris Archer has accepted an invitation to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.

"It's an honor," Archer said. "It's been one of my dreams to do." Archer posted a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings this past season. The WBC will begin on March 7 of next year and conclude on March 22, less than two weeks before Opening Day.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 09:32:00 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Braves have spoken to the Rays about a Chris Archer trade.

The two teams have also discussed some of Tampa Bay's other controllable starting pitchers, per Morosi's sources. Archer would be a massive get for the Braves as they open a new stadium in 2017, but the package of prospects is going to have to be immense and it doesn't seem like a deal that is likely to actually happen. Archer, 28, struck out 233 batters over 201 1/3 innings in 2016 and is under contract at team-friendly salaries through potentially 2021.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Chris Archer provided decent length in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Archer struck out five and walked two on the evening. He surrendered a sixth-inning run courtesy of a Melky Cabrera RBI ground out. One frame later, he was victimized in decidedly louder fashion, as Carlos Sanchez swatted a two-run home run off the 28-year-old right-hander with one out in the seventh. With this start in the books, Archer can hang up his spikes for the year. Overall, he pitched to a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. The numbers are solid enough, but Archer took a slight step back after an impressive 2015 season.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:03:00 AM

Chris Archer surrendered two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.

Archer served up a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the first inning, which was ultimately enough to put him in line for his 19th loss. He struck out seven and walked a pair and now has 228 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.02 ERA. He’s looked a lot more like himself in the second half.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 10:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
4Curt Casali
5Luke Maile
1B1Logan Morrison
2Nick Franklin
2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
2Jason Coats
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Garton
8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
11Justin Marks
12Cory Rasmus
13Diego Moreno