By Jason Shetler
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Pirates were one of three teams scouting Chris Archer’s start on Friday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The Tampa Bay Rays will be in seller mode this season, as they currently have the fourth worst record in all of baseball. Most of the rumors to this point have involved the Rays starting pitchers on the trade block, Chris Archer being one of them.
Archer has spent his first five big league seasons pitching for Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old right-hander had his best season last year when he posted a 3.23 ERA and a 120 ERA+, while being named an All-Star for the first time. He also finished fifth in the AL Cy Young voting. This year however, Archer has put up subpar numbers, posting a 4.66 ERA along with an ERA+ of 89 in 19 starts. In 2014, he signed a very team friendly six-year extension worth $25.5 million, which includes a pair of club options for 2020 and 2021.