Right-hander Chris Archer agreed to a one-year deal with the Rays worth $6.5 million on Tuesday, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Adam Berry. The club hasn’t confirmed the deal.
Archer, 32, spent the first seven years of his career with the Rays, placing third in AL Rookie of
Archer, 32, spent the first seven years of his career with the Rays, placing third in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2013 and fifth in Cy Young voting in 2015, his first season as an All-Star.
Last year would have been Archer’s second full season with the Pirates, but he underwent surgery in June to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) and never threw a pitch. Taken by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft, Archer was dealt two years later as a prospect to the Cubs, who traded him in January 2011 to Tampa Bay.
Archer went 54-68 with a 3.69 ERA over 179 outings (177 starts) and appeared in two All-Star Games with the Rays before being dealt to the Pirates at the 2018 Trade Deadline.