One of the most exhausted names on the potential trade market is Chris Archer. Once the Tampa Bay Rays started to sell their assets, everyone assumed that their ace was next to go. Then the team announced they were going to keep him because they were in a place to compete.
Well, they aren’t. The translation is that they can get a better haul at the trade deadline. But they also might have thought they could compete with their young MLB-ready talent. Shortly after they they lost two of their top pitchers. Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon both are out for a year, which really hinders any plans to compete.
The AL East is going to be impossible enough to win in with the Yankees and Red Sox essentially running it without thought. Both teams are young and super talented. So the Rays will more than likely be cellar dwelling at the deadline and looking to move their greatest asset.
If this is the direction the team wants to go, the chances are pretty good. Archer has been a target that RtB has had in mind for awhile, and for good reason. The two teams would appear to be very lucrative potential trade partners.
As long as the Milwaukee Brewers can keep Brett Phillips, Corbin Burnes, and Lucas Erceg, I will not hate any move they make. Keston Hiura might be highly touted, but he poses as a very good player on an AL team because he will not have to field. His bat is excellent. Keon Broxton is also a potential player on the move.
The downside of Archer is his homer rate. It is pretty high and Miller Park will not help that. However, Derek Johnson might help that. If Chase Anderson can be as good as Chase Anderson is because of Johnson, imagine what could happen with Archer.