Pirates Complete Deal for Chris Archer

As we heard during yesterday’s flurry of rumors, the Pittsburgh Pirates are on in right-handed starter Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays. Even after acquiring Keone Kela this morning, it appears that the Pirates are still making a push to acquire more controllable talent.

Archer would be controllable through the end of the 2021 season, although the final two years are team options. In each of the last three seasons, he has pitched over 200 innings and recorded at least 233 strikeouts. This season he has a 4.31 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP, which are both career highs, but his 3.62 FIP is more in line with his career stats. He had a left abdomen strain that cost him a month of this season, so that could be the cause of the slight decline in performance for the 29-year-old right-hander. Since returning from the disabled list, he has a 4.58 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

Any more rumors from today, we will include them here.

UPDATE: Two three Archer rumors with just under three hours to go.

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added a fourth from Heyman with just under two hours now left

His name hasn’t been brought up today for the Pirates, but it sounds like they are out on Kevin Gausman

With one hour to go, Pirates still in it for Archer. No other names coming up right now, but the Pirates don’t leak trade information, so there could be a surprise in the works. Also don’t forget that news doesn’t always come out at 4PM. We could hear stuff hours later, which has happened in the past.

53 minutes until the deadline…

Now they are supposedly in front for him…

Heyman says it’s getting closer…

and now a deal might be in place…

Numerous sources are reporting the deal is done. Stay tuned for details.

Report here has pieces mentioned and he usually has good info…

Jon Heyman says the final piece is a player to be named later and someone of real value

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