Chris Archer’s abdominal injury hasn’t dimmed interest in his services.
The New York Yankees are among a number of teams interested in acquiring the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher prior to Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Monday via Twitter. However, Archer’s team-friendly contract — $27.5 million over the remaining three years — and the Yankees’ rivalry with the Rays represent stumbling blocks in potential trade negotiations.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday the Yankees aren’t the only team considering trading for Archer.
Scouts from the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians watched Archer pitch Sunday in the Rays’ win over the Miami Marlins, according to MLB.com. Archer struck out 13 batters and walked none in six innings of work, and his performance is bound to help convince teams he can bolster their respective rotations.
Archer even admitted after the game he might have pitched at home in Tampa for the last time.
“That it could at least be my last home start,” Archer said, per MLB.com. “I don’t want to think about it too much, because dwelling on something that hasn’t happened is not smart.
“It crossed my mind, but I’m focused on being here. We have another week (before the trade deadline). I have another start. So all I’ll focus on now is getting some rest and pitching in five days.”
The trade deadline falls on July 31. Archer might be on the move on or before that date.
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