The Rays will have their former ace back in Navy and Columbia Blue in 2021
Early details on the 1 year deal from Passan:
Right-hander Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays are in agreement on a one-year, $6.5 million deal, pending physical, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 2, 2021
Archer, 32, returns to the organization where he debuted and found his greatest success.
The Rays have been on the hunt for somebody to fill their 3rd Starter spot, with somebody who can potentially give them 150 innings and solid veteran presence and leadership to go with the enviable youth depth waiting in the wings. For Rays fans, it’s the return of the former ace back to where he did his best work.
Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome last June and did not pitch in 2020. The Pirates declined his $11 million option for 2021, paying him a $250K buyout instead.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 2, 2021
Not to toot our own horn, but Archer was a popular option for offseason speculation at DRaysBay
Sarah Langs with a fun bit of history to remember:
Chris Archer's most *recent* start for the Rays was July 27, 2018 at the Orioles— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) February 2, 2021
Starting lineups ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LxhCezONsz
Also, it’s now definitive that the Rays won the trade:
2018— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) February 2, 2021
Pirates trade Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Shane Baz to Rays for Chris Archer.
Archer: 33 starts, 6-12 record, 4.92 ERA
Meadows: 2019 All Star
Glasnow: 34 starts, 12-7 record, 3.32 ERA
Free agent Chris Archer signs 1-year deal to return to Rays pic.twitter.com/D1RGItBu7u
all jokes aside, baseball is a whole lot better with Chris Archer in it, and I hope he's able to be successful again.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) February 2, 2021
It’s 2021 and Chris Archer plays for the Rays WHATTTT— Amy (@amylucillee) February 2, 2021
CHRIS ARCHER WELCOME HOME BABY STRIPES FOR ARCHER LETS RIDE https://t.co/bkg1HKxzZb— Briana Gonzalez (@bri_gonzalez3) February 2, 2021
I’ve little belief that he returns to his former best. But I’m absolutely hyped to see Archer back in a Rays uni. He’s a clubhouse leader, a competitor & a dog you absolutely want on your side in a fight. Welcome home Chris. Heavy use of FB/SL in an opener/bullpen day pls #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/eAtHksFyNh— Joel (@JoelFourBases) February 2, 2021
I'm all for the timeline in which Archer makes the All-Star Game and their owning of the Pirates here gets to Scott's Tot's level of cringe. pic.twitter.com/pzGTbBgXy3— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) February 2, 2021
I saw yalls tweets. I appreciate the love— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) February 2, 2021
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