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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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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

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Date:'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

Chris Archer logged a quality start in Friday's no-decision against the Orioles, allowing three runs on seven hits over his 6 1/3 innings.

The hard-throwing right-hander whiffed four while walking one on the afternoon. Most of the damage done against him came via the long ball, with Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis each belting solo home runs. Archer now sports a 4.05 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 221/63 K/BB ratio across 188 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column when he takes on the Red Sox next Friday.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:05:00 PM

Chris Archer pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on four hits over seven frames.

The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon while walking only one. All of the damage against him was done via the long ball, with Jacoby Ellsbury belting a two-run homer in the sixth and Gary Sanchez adding a solo shot immediately after. It has been a roller-coaster season for Archer who now sits at 8-18 on the year with a disappointing 4.05 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He'll look to get back on track when he battles the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:07:00 PM

Chris Archer took a tough no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, fanning nine while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Archer was dialed in, but the Blue Jays clawed back from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of runs in the seventh inning and an additional pair in the eighth. The 27-year-old right-hander might not have picked up the win, but with his nine strikeouts on Sunday, he has now fanned at least nine in four of his last five starts. He will carry a 4.06 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 211/61 K/BB ratio (175 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Yankees next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Chris Archer struck out 10 batters over seven innings Sunday in the Rays' 10-4 rout of the Astros.

Archer was charged with three earned runs, but they came on just four hits and two walks. It was his first double-digit strikeout game since July 20. Archer, 27, now stands 8-17 with a 4.10 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 202/60 K/BB ratio in 169 innings this season. A start at home against the Blue Jays is next.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 05:42:00 PM

Chris Archer allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Archer didn't pitch terribly but wasn't overly efficient, either, throwing 109 pitches through his five innings of work. He struck out six and walked two while allowing five hits, and the loss was his 17th this year. Every year there seems to be a good pitcher who, through some bad luck and poor pitching, ends up with a record looking like Archer's 7-17 mark. The 27-year-old will continue working on his 4.11 ERA Sunday at the Astros.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 10:30:00 PM

Chris Archer fired 7 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in the Rays' defeat of the Padres.

Archer carved his way through the San Diego batting order with ease, yielding just four hits -- all singles -- while striking out nine batters. He issued just one walk. This was a nice bounceback effort from the 27-year-old right-hander, who got lit up for five runs over six innings by the Yankees in his last start. Archer will take on the Red Sox at home next.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Chris Archer allowed five runs in six innings in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

The game was tied 3-3 before Archer served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Starlin Castro in the sixth. He fanned nine and walked none in the loss. Oddly, Archer leads the American League in both strikeouts (177) and losses (16). He’ll bring a 4.39 ERA into a start against the Padres next week.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 11:48:00 PM

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