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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Archer has been named the Opening Day starter for the Rays.
An easy decision for Rays manager Kevin Cash. Archer will take the mound March 29 against the Red Sox, with Blake Snell following him on March 30, and a bullpen day set up for March 31. Nathan Eovaldi will start the Rays' fourth regular-season game and Jake Faria will start the fifth. Tampa Bay is going to try a four-man rotation to begin the 2018 regular season. The club does have a ton of off days in April. Mar 15 - 3:48 PM

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Chris Archer allowed two runs and one hit over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

Archer struck out five, but he caused trouble for himself by walking three batters. He's not having his typical exceptional March this year; he's given up six runs and walked six through 10 2/3 innings.
Mar 13 - 4:46 PM

Chris Archer surrendered two runs and five hits in three innings Thursday against the Red Sox.

Archer has always posted terrific spring numbers -- he had allowed seven earned runs in 63 innings in Grapefruit League play coming into this year -- but he's struggled in back-to-back outings now. Since pitching two scoreless innings his first time out, he's given up four runs, walked three and struck out two in 4 2/3 innings.
Mar 8 - 4:57 PM

Chris Archer allowed two runs on two hits in his 1 2/3 inning start versus the Tigers on Saturday.

The big blow was a two-run dinger by outfielder Nicholas Castellanos in the first inning. Archer issued two free passes and fanned one batter. He finished last year with a 10-12 record and 4.07 ERA despite amassing 249 strikeouts in 201 innings spread over 34 starts.
Mar 3 - 4:51 PM

Chris Archer blanked the Blue Jays for two innings Monday in the Rays' 7-4 victory.

Archer allowed one hit, walked none and struck out two. It's par for the course for Archer; he has an incredible 1.38 ERA over 65 innings in spring training games in his career.
Feb 26 - 4:44 PM

Rays GM Erik Neander told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday that he does not anticipate a further teardown of the roster.

This offseason the Rays have traded Evan Longoria, Jake Odorizzi, Steven Souza, and Brad Boxberger, and they also designated Corey Dickerson for assignment last weekend, but that may be the end of the subtractions for a while. "Extremely unlikely," said Neander when asked about the possibility of spring training trades involving Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, or Alex Colome. "Our focus at this point is we'd like to add a little bit. We're not looking to pull this thing back." Archer has drawn reported interest from the Cardinals, Phillies, Brewers, and Twins, among others, but the asking price is thought to be sky high on the 29-year-old right-hander, who is due just $6.4 million in 2018 and $7.6 million in 2019 with affordable club options for both 2020 and 2021.
Feb 21 - 1:02 AM

According to Lavelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins are still exploring possible trades with the Rays for right-hander Chris Archer.

After getting spurned by Yu Darvish, the Twins are still looking for an upgrade to the front-end of their rotation. The club made the Rays a formal offer for Archer two weeks ago and it's known that the Rays have some interest in Max Kepler as part of a return package. It's going to take a whole lot more than that though to acquire the 29-year-old hurler, who is affordably locked up through 2019 and has a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.
Feb 11 - 9:05 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers "have had recent contact" with the Rays about a potential Chris Archer trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "a deal would appear unlikely" because the Rays probably want something more than Domingo Santana or Brett Phillips -- the Brewers' expendable outfielders -- as the headliner in a package for their controllable ace. Rosenthal also notes that Milwaukee "might not want to cut deeper into its farm system" after giving up four prospects to the Marlins for Christian Yelich. Archer told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times last week that he does not expect to be traded before the beginning of the 2018 season.
Feb 1 - 8:53 AM

Chris Archer told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he does not expect to be traded before the start of the 2018 season.

"I’ve talked to (GM) Erik (Neander) a lot and he’s made me feel pretty good about being with the Rays in 2018," Archer said Wednesday. The 29-year-old right-hander was certainly shopped this winter, but the Rays' asking price has remained sky high even after a couple of somewhat underwhelming seasons. Archer is under contract through 2019 with club options for 2020 and 2021. Whatever uniform he's wearing, he carries major fantasy upside as a high-strikeout No. 1 starter who is capable of better ERAs going forward.
Jan 24 - 1:02 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' trade talks with the Rays "appear to have centered on" Chris Archer rather than Alex Colome.

Colome has been connected to the Cards often this winter, but it sounds like Archer was actually more of interest to them among Rays pitchers. Of course, Archer is also going to cost a bunch more in a trade and there's been no indication that the two clubs have ever been close to a deal. Archer is owed just $34 million over the next four seasons.
Jan 14 - 3:07 PM

According to Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of, the Phillies have inquired on "just about every young starter that could be traded this winter."

That list includes Chris Archer of the Rays, Danny Duffy of the Royals, and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. The Phillies have the sort of farm system to pull off a trade for a young, controllable starting pitcher and the recent addition of Carlos Santana gives them more options, as they have Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, or Nick Williams as potential trade pieces with Rhys Hoskins expected to play the outfield.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:37:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays are "gauging interest in some of their top players," including Chris Archer.

There is always talk of payroll reduction and rolling rebuilds out of Tampa Bay, but Archer figures to carry a sky-high asking price on the trading block because of his team-friendly contract that can extend another four years. The 2017 All-Star is due just $6.4 million in 2018 and $7.6 million in 2019 with a $9 million club option for 2020 and an $11 million option for 2021. He holds a career 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 9.7 K/9 in 967 major league innings.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 09:57:00 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are expected to name Kyle Snyder as their new pitching coach.

The club announced Tuesday that Jim Hickey would not return for the 2018 season after spending 11 seasons as the Rays' pitching coach. It was called a "mutual decision." Snyder played in the majors for the Royals (2003-2006) and Red Sox (2006-2008) and had been serving as a pitching instructor in Tampa Bay's minor league system since 2012.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 05:43:00 PM

Jim Hickey will not return as the Rays' pitching coach.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, this was a "mutual decision" between Hickey and the Rays. Tampa Bay pitchers posted a combined 3.97 ERA in 2017, which ranked eighth out of the 30 major league teams. Hickey served as the club's pitching coach for 11 years, after spending two years as the pitching coach of the Astros.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 04:34:00 PM

Chris Archer turned in five shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a 4-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday.

He struck out six batters and issued two walks. His record improves to 10-12 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 34 starts. His 249:60 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 201 innings is one of the best in the league. This is the second year in a row that Archer finishes with an ERA over four despite some very strong peripherals. If he wants to move into the upper echelon of starting pitchers he will need to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark. He allowed 27 homers this year and 30 last year.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 10:11:00 PM

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1B1C.J. Cron
2B1Brad Miller
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SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Matt Duffy
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LF1Denard Span
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Carlos Gomez
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Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Blake Snell
3Jake Faria
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Matt Andriese
6Austin Pruitt
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8Ryan Yarbrough
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R1Alex Colome
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5Dan Jennings
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