The #Rays have formally announced signing Chris Archer to a one-year deal.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) February 9, 2021
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 will get his No. 22 back with #Rays. Infield prospect Vidal Brujan, who was assigned 22 for spring training, will switch to No. 7— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 10, 2021
Chris Archer is ready to be part of the magic.
“I want to be a part of the fun. I want to be a part of the magic."— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) February 10, 2021
Chris Archer on his reunion with the Rays: https://t.co/vgE14ht5vk
Archer also spoke a bit about his pitch mix.
Chris Archer in his introductory Zoom call with Rays: "There will be zero two-seam fastballs attempted by me."— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) February 9, 2021
Erik Neander said the Rays will still look for more pitching.
#Rays Neander says they are still on the lookout to add more pitching via free agency and trades— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 9, 2021
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.
Here is the full MLB health and safety protocols release. pic.twitter.com/CYSvifIV4A— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) February 9, 2021
The Buccaneers will have a boat victory parade will be this afternoon.
BUCS FANS: #RaiseTheFlags & join us TOMORROW for a socially-distant boat parade on the Hillsborough River! Boats will set sail from Armature Works at 1pm & end at Sparkman Wharf with multiple viewing areas along the @tampariverwalk. Masks required. Info: https://t.co/aMPaCnFv45 pic.twitter.com/2yl5n36VlC— City of Tampa (@CityofTampa) February 10, 2021
There has been a lot of talk about possibly deadening the baseball. Emma Baccellieri writes about how we’ve been here before.
On a freezing day in January 1938, MLB brought four hitters from different teams to Baltimore for a round of BP. They wanted to test something out before spring training — a new, deader ball. I wrote about how we've (kind of!) been here before. https://t.co/fXZRebNFJC— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) February 9, 2021
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.