Rays Plan to Keep Archer, Trade to Cubs Doesn’t Make Much Sense Anyway

Time for your monthly Chris Archer buzzkill. Okay, maybe we’re not talking about him quite that often, but no player has been tied to the Cubs more frequently than the Rays pitcher. They traded for him as a prospect prior to the 2009 season as part of the return for Mark DeRosa, then flipped him to Tampa two years later in the Matt Garza deal. And Cubs fans have been trying to get Archer back ever since.

Along with Josh Donaldson, Archer is at the top of the “One Who Got Away” list, though you can’t really blame the Cubs for dealing away a scrawny starter with questionable control. As he has matured, however, Archer has flashed the kind of stuff that makes scouts salivate. But if you’re hungry for him, it’s going to cost way more than a dinner at Everest.

And that’s why it may not be quite as worthwhile for the Cubs to pursue the righty as an anchor for their rotation. Not that Archer wouldn’t make them better, he absolutely would. But they really don’t need to add an ace-type pitcher given the pieces they’ve already got in place. The package Tampa would require return would surely be …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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