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Pirates GM Ben Cherington says the organization is open to bringing back RHP Chris Archer at a reduced rate.
The club declined Archers' $11 million 2021 option over the weekend, which made him a free agent. The two sides supposedly have a good enough relationship that a reunion is possible. The 32-year-old didn't pitch at all this past season following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Chris Archer's $11M option was declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Archer had a rough couple seasons with the Pirates, pitching to a 5.19 ERA in 119 and 2/3 innings in his only full season with the team. Giving Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow away for Archer will haunt the Pirates for another decade. Look for Archer to sign a one or two-year "prove it" deal with another team sometime this offseason.
The Pirates have placed RHP Chris Archer on the 60-day IL.
Archer will miss the 2020 season after undergoing surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome in early June. Look for Chad Kuhl and Steven Brault to compete for a spot in the rotation. Archer has an $11 million club option for 2021, which also includes a buyout. The 31-year-old will rehab and look to get back on track for the 2021 campaign.
Chris Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome on Tuesday. He will miss the 2020 season.
Archer is projected to return for the 2021 season. The news comes as a surprise as there was nothing reported this off-season about Archer dealing with any physical concerns. The 31-year-old pitcher also has an $11 million team option for 2021. Archer will miss the 2020 season and should only be retained in dynasty-league formats.
Chris Archer allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four across two scoreless innings in Friday's Grapefruit League contest against Toronto.
Archer made his spring debut on Friday after battling neck soreness the past two weeks. He looked sharp and walked away from the game with no setbacks. Archer is currently competing with Joe Musgrove for the team’s Opening Day starter. Barring a setback and more strong spring showings, Archer could see his draft stock continue to rise during fantasy draft season.