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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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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

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According to Matt Gelb and Matt Breen of Philly.com, 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.
Source: Philly.com
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

Chris Archer was roughed up by Baltimore on Sunday, giving up six runs in just 3 2/3 innings in a 9-5 loss to the Orioles.

Coming off a strong outing against the Cubs, Archer didn't have it on Sunday. He gave up 8 hits, and while he only walked one, he was only able to strike out two. Archer has struck out 243 hitters on the year, so this was probably just an off day for the talented right-hander. He'll get one more start on Saturday when the Rays face Baltimore again.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:45:00 PM

Chris Archer struck out six while yielding two runs over six innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Cubs.

Archer served up a home run to Kyle Schwarber during a 32-pitch second inning, but he was otherwise in command in this one. It’s a much-needed nice outing from the right-hander, as Archer hadn’t looked right since suffering a forearm injury last month. He faces the Orioles this weekend.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 10:13:00 PM

Chris Archer surrendered three earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

All three of those runs came around in the top of the second inning, on a walk and four singles. Archer has given up 11 runs -- nine earned -- in seven innings since leaving a September 2 start against the White Sox with tightness in his right forearm. This is growing into both a short-term and long-term concern for Tampa Bay.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Chris Archer was obliterated in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits in just three-plus innings.

The right-hander struck out five and walked one on the night. The Red Sox got to him early with a three-run homer from Mookie Betts in the first inning. They then broke the game open and chased Archer with a five-run uprising in the fourth before he could record an out. Now 9-9 on the season, he'll carry a 4.00 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Yankees.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 10:29:00 PM

Chris Archer (forearm) will start against the Red Sox on Friday.

Archer left a September 2 start against the White Sox with discomfort in his right forearm. He threw off flat-ground on Tuesday without issue and, barring a setback, will be toe the bump in Fenway to start this weekend's set as the Rays look to help play spoiler in the Red Sox's continued quest to wrap up the AL East.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 05:15:00 PM

Chris Archer (forearm) could return to the Rays' rotation Saturday or Sunday at Fenway Park.

Archer made it through a flat-ground throwing session Tuesday without issue and is hoping to get clearance to start this weekend after he throws off a mound on Wednesday. He left his last start September 2 against the White Sox due to discomfort in his right forearm, but Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton has ruled out any major structural damage. "No strict plan in place but I would like to pitch in Boston," Archer said Tuesday. "I don't think it would be too much because I would have 48 extra hours of rest. ... So that's what I'm gearing for. But if it doesn't happen, if I get an extra day or two, that's what it is."
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 08:51:00 AM

Chris Archer (forearm) made it through a flat-ground throwing session Tuesday without issue.

Archer left his last start Saturday against the White Sox after experiencing tightness in his right forearm, but Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton found no structural damage during a thorough examination on Monday and the right-hander is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday. Austin Pruitt will take his turn in the rotation Friday in Boston, but this won't be a season-ending injury for Archer.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 04:27:00 PM

Rays orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton confirmed Monday that Chris Archer has no structural damage in his right forearm.

Archer gave the Rays quite the scare when he was forced to exit Saturday's start against the White Sox with right lateral forearm tightness, but fortunately it doesn't appear to be serious. He's scheduled to be reevaluated after playing catch on Tuesday. Archer might not be ready to take his next scheduled turn Friday against the Red Sox, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss significant time.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:47:00 AM

Chris Archer could play catch as soon as Monday if Dr. Koco Eaton confirms the initial diagnosis that his right forearm injury is muscular and not structural.

Archer had to leave Saturday's start against the White Sox in the first inning due to tightness in his forearm, but he and the Rays are optimistic that it's not serious. If he is cleared to play catch Monday, he's expected to then throw a bullpen session later this week.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 11:37:00 AM