Archer was traded by the Indians to the Cubs in 2008 and acquired by the Rays in '11.
"Everything that happens in life, happens for a reason," said Archer, who will make his eighth start of the season Sunday against the Tribe. "If I had stayed in the Indians' organization, I don't know if I'd be here today.
"I learned a lot in the Indians' organization. I also learned this is a business, and we're all pawns, subject to being traded."