Now It's the Pirates Going After Chris Archer? Sure, Why Not? (UPDATE: Rays Asking Teams for Final Offers?)

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Now It’s the Pirates Going After Chris Archer? Sure, Why Not? (UPDATE: Rays Asking Teams for Final Offers?)

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See, this is the thing about the ever-bandied-about “controllable starting pitchers”: every team wants them.

That’s why it’s really hard to actually put a deal together for them, and why trades for guys like, oh, I don’t know, let’s say … Jose Quintana, are extremely pricey. The value on having these pitchers in the fold – established, quality, inexpensive, not going anywhere – is so significant that teams from contenders to bottom-dwellers to everyone in between wants to have them.

Hence, this:

The Pirates are within 7.0 games of the NL Central lead, and 4.0 games of the Wild Card, so sure, it kinda makes sense for them to go after some upgrades. But when you throw in the fact that this particular upgrade is also extremely cheaply controlled for the next few years, and then it makes a *ton* of sense for them to go after him.

Whether it’s the Pirates or one of the dozen other suitors (could also include the Cubs), there remains a persistently belief out there that now is as likely as ever that the Rays will actually consider moving Archer:

UPDATE: Yes, it kinda does sound like the Rays are more serious this time:

Final offers makes it seem like they’d really like to know if they can get something done. The teams Topkin mentions as possibly interested: The Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, A’s, Astros, Brewers, Phillies and Pirates.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.