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Friday, June 14, 2019

Is Chris Archer Broken? - MLB Trade Rumors

As much as Archer has struggled this season, his pre-Pittsburgh track record earns him some benefit of the doubt. Considering what he accomplished as a Ray, it would be unwise to say Archer’s never going to rebound. However, it doesn’t appear his new sinker-heavy approach is working, nor does his once-bargain contract look all that appealing anymore. With $20MM in team options over the next two years ($9MM in 2020, $11MM in ’21), Archer’s not going to crush the Pirates’ payroll structure. However, as a low-budget team, they can’t afford to have one of their most expensive players continue to falter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: June 14, 2019 at 08:56 AM (#5851861)
MLB “Trade Rumors” has really evolved...
   2. Walt Davis Posted: June 14, 2019 at 06:11 PM (#5852131)
I'm no pitching expert but I'd say if your "sinker-heavy" approach leads to 2.4 HR/9 then you're doing it wrong.

His walks are also way up. The peripherals still looked pretty good before this year and I thought it was a pretty good trade at the time but we're now up to a 96 ERA+ over his last 600+ IP (3+ seasons). The ERA is substantially worse than the FIP but not enough to make a big difference. A 105ish FIP+ pitcher is still worth $10 M a year though but they gotta get the HR and BBs sorted out.

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