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The Rays make it Facebook Official with Chris Archer after dealing Slegers to the Angels

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The Rays made the Chris Archer signing official

To do so, they has to clear some space on the 40. They did so by trading Aaron Slegers to the Angels for a PTBNL or cash.

Archer will wear his usual number 22, as Vidal Brujan switches to 7.

Chris Archer is ready to be part of the magic.

Archer also spoke a bit about his pitch mix.

Erik Neander said the Rays will still look for more pitching.

An interesting quote from this piece by Adam Berry.

“He’s made that very clear. That’s not anything that we had to pull out of him,” Neander said. “It was a matter of him saying, ‘Look, if you need me to bulk, if you want to put someone in front of me — whatever can help this team win games, that’s what I’m about. Just to get back there, to be with that group and be part of a winning club is all that really matters to me right now.’”

Ryan Yarbrough had his arbitration hearing yesterday. Results should be in later this week. The ruling will go a long way in determining how bulk pitchers are valued.

Old friend Jake McGee signed a two-year deal with the Giants.

MLB announced the health and safety protocols for 2021.

The Buccaneers will have a boat victory parade will be this afternoon.

There has been a lot of talk about possibly deadening the baseball. Emma Baccellieri writes about how we’ve been here before.

One time top prospect for the Rays (and personal heartthrob of this writer), Taylor Guerrieri goes to the Mariners on a minor league deal.

Finally, here’s a cute doggo.