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Report: Twins made a recent trade offer for Rays ace Chris Archer

The Twins missed out on signing Yu Darvish this weekend, when the best free agent pitcher around reportedly decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs. But Minnesota still could add a top-of-the-rotation starter.

The Twins made a trade offer as recently as 2 weeks ago to the Rays for ace Chris Archer, according to a report from the Star Tribune. The report also says that the Twins are “exploring trades with multiple teams,” and of course they’re still eyeing starting pitchers in free agency.

According to that report from La Velle Neal, the Rays have “some interest” in Max Kepler. Kepler has 5 years of team control left, and the young outfielder has shown plenty of promise, but struggled badly against left-handed pitchers last season.

Archer has 4 years of team control left on a contract that will pay him less than $34 million in total base salary. On top of that, Archer is a great pitcher and is younger than the 3 best remaining starting pitchers in free agency — Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn. Those factors should combine to make Tampa Bay’s asking price incredibly high for any Archer trade talks to gain traction. Then again, the clear tanking strategy being employed by some teams around the league could potentially limit the number of teams that would be interested in such a trade for Archer.

Still, the guess here is that it would take a great deal more than Kepler — probably at least two good prospects — to make that swap worth considering for the Rays.

If you’re the Twins, would you rather have Jake Arrieta or Chris Archer?

 

  • Topgunn

    I love Max Kepler and think he’s going to be a solid to pretty darn good player, but this is great news! The Twins will struggle to win 75 games with the pitching staff they have and Archer is young, affordable for many years and GOOD. I’d offer Kepler, Gordon and Romero, maybe more if they’d be willing to throw in Dickerson.

    • Tim P. Mc Lellan

      Remember we have the Royals, the White Sox and the Tigers in our division. Those games make up a third of our schedule. Also remember we have the Orioles, the Rays and the Reds too.

      • Topgunn

        Tim, as I said, I would hate to part with Kepler, but if I had to choose who I would rather have heading my staff: Archer or Darvish, I would take Archer. The Cubs will pay Darvish $21-$25 million a year for the next 6 years. Archer costs 6.5 million in 2018 and 7 million in 2019. That’s practically what you would be paying Kyle “bleepin’ Gibson. The Twins have a solid, young core right now. They were in the playoffs last year. I don’t want the Twins to just qualify for the playoffs, I want to do some damage. They can afford to trade Kepler, Gordon, Gonsalves/Romero and maybe another minor piece to get a pitcher like Archer.

        • Tim P. Mc Lellan

          I like Archer a lot better than Darvish. With that favorable contract–he makes much more sense. They are 4 or so promising your pitchers under 21 in the system right now, at least two should be ready when Archer’s contract comes up. We are also loaded in the minors with shortstops so Gordon can go, and I prefer to keep Gonsalves if possible. If they pull it off , I would bring in Carlos Gonzalez to fill in until Brent Rooker is ready.

  • fritzdahmus

    From all past reports by Twins Front Office supporters…we have compiled prospects to do exactly this at some point. Jamie Garcia trade is the latest example of “compiling prospects for future trades”.

    Now is the time for those eggs to hatch…make the trade.

    ESPN reports, that the Twins made a very similar offer to Darvish….as the Cubs did. It looks like the Twins may land somebody. I never would have guessed this.

    • Tim P. Mc Lellan

      I am sure they would want Gordon and the choice of Gonsalves , Graterol or Romero along with Kepler. For Archer, that is a great deal.

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  • MDFBALLER

    Archer all the way just do it!





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