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Archer reflects on brief stint with Indians

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Chris Archer was originally drafted by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft.

"Reflecting on it at this moment, [being traded] was the best thing that could have happened to me in my career," Archer said.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Chris Archer was originally drafted by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft.

"Reflecting on it at this moment, [being traded] was the best thing that could have happened to me in my career," Archer said.

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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."

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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