Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Archer drawing interest from 'dozen or so' teams

Yankees, Dodgers, Padres among clubs looking at Rays right-hander
MLB.com

Was Chris Archer's outing Friday night against the Orioles his final start as a member of the Rays? It's certainly possible, as ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that trade discussions for Archer are "intensifying," with multiple teams involved.

Was Chris Archer's outing Friday night against the Orioles his final start as a member of the Rays? It's certainly possible, as ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that trade discussions for Archer are "intensifying," with multiple teams involved.

Tweet from @jcrasnick: The #Rays trade talks on Chris Archer are "intensifying'' as the deadline nears, sources say. Still hard to handicap if anyone will ante up with the return Tampa Bay wants. It's a No. 1 starter type of price tag, and he's under team control through 2021. Multiple teams involved.

Catch up on the latest Trade Talk

A source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that "many teams are inquiring [about Archer] and the Rays are spending a lot of time on it," and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote Sunday that the Braves, Padres and Yankees "have been considered among the most interested teams."

Topkin previously reported that a "dozen or so teams" have "expressed some level of serious interest" in Archer, with the list including the Dodgers, Cardinals, Astros, Brewers, Cubs, Indians and Phillies, as well as the aforementioned three clubs.

However, the asking price for Archer remains substantial, as the Rays want a return commensurate with a "No. 1 starter type," according to Crasnick.

Whether any team will be willing to meet the Rays' demands is unclear, as Archer owns a 4.31 ERA this season after recording an ERA over 4.00 in each of the past two years.

Per MLB Network insider Joel Sherman, the Rays are "taking lots of calls on Archer," but no one is near the "threshold" yet.

Sherman has heard that the Yankees are considered longshots to land Archer, with the Padres and other teams pursuing the righty in a "stronger way," though the Rays were scouting Justus Sheffield (New York's No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) when the left-hander started Saturday for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes/Barre.

Tweet from @Joelsherman1: Told @Rays are taking lots of calls on Archer, but no one near threshold yet. #Padres interested, but without the urgency of a playoff position pushing them will they go the extra yard now or revisit in offseason?

Tweet from @Joelsherman1: #Rays have 2 scouts watching Justus Sheffield tonight, but 1 is regular coverage. Still hearing that it is a long shot #Yankees end up with Archer. They are monitoring. But #Padres and others are pursuing in stronger way. Remains uncertain if Archer will even be moved.

Of course, it's not surprising that the Rays are setting their sights high, given Archer's stuff and team-friendly contract. The right-hander has recorded a 10.6 K/9 rate since the outset of 2015, and he is signed for just $7.7 million in '19 with club options for '20 and '21 totaling only $20 million.

That deal is one of the reasons Archer is drawing interest from non-contenders such as the Padres, who have "made progress" in trade talks with the Rays but are balking at the current pricetag, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Tweet from @JeffPassan: Sources: Rays and Padres continue to discuss Chris Archer, and one source says they've made progress. TB has shown a greater willingness than in past to deal him, teams say, but the price remains high, and SD is balking for now. As @jcrasnick said, other teams involved, too.

MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported Wednesday that the Padres didn't include Fernando Tatis Jr. or Mackenzie Gore -- their top two prospects -- in their initial offers but were willing to part with Francisco Mejia (No. 3) Luis Urias (No. 4) and Cal Quantrill (No. 10).

Video: Inside Corner: Morosi on trade rumors around the MLB

With their tremendous farm system, the Padres are seen as the frontrunners for Archer by "at least a few rivals," according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Padres are strongly in the mix for Archer, and at least a few rivals see them as the front runner. They probably have the best prospect list in baseball, which doesn���t also hurt. Of course, no guarantee Archer gets dealt at all.

While Archer's name has been floated in trade reports for several years, the chances of the righty being moved are seemingly greater now than they have been at any point in that time, though nothing is imminent with Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline looming.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.