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MLB: TB Rays, RHP Chris Archer Agree to 6-Year Extension
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MLB: TB Rays, RHP Chris Archer Agree to 6-Year Extension

Apr 2 2014, 8:25pm CDT | by

The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to sign right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to a six-year contract extension worth as much as $43.75 million with $25.5 million in guaranteed money on April 2.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to a six-year contract extension on April 2.  According to Bill Chastain of the Rays' official website, Archer's new deal runs through...

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MLB: TB Rays, RHP Chris Archer Agree to 6-Year Extension

Apr 2 2014, 8:25pm CDT | by

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The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to sign right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to a six-year contract extension worth as much as $43.75 million with $25.5 million in guaranteed money on April 2.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed right-handed pitcher Chris Archer to a six-year contract extension on April 2. 

According to Bill Chastain of the Rays' official website, Archer's new deal runs through 2019 with club options for the next two seasons. Archer is guaranteed $25.5 million during those six years and could earn as much as $43.75 million: 

"The Rays and right-hander Chris Archer agreed Wednesday on a six-year contract that will run through 2019, with club options for '20 and '21. 

"The Rays said the deal guarantees Archer $25.5 million over the six years, and it has the potential to reach a maximum value of $43.75 million.

"In addition, he wanted to get his parents free of debt and also rid himself of money worries when he's on the mound. Those reasons, coupled with the threat of injury, made the extension a no-brainer for Archer."

Archer told Chastain he promises to give it his all on the mound for Tampa Bay. 

"There are few things in life that are guaranteed, and the Rays have guaranteed me six years for the amount that we all know, and, in turn, I'm going to guarantee to give them everything I can on and off the field.

"I don't know if all the injuries -- the head injuries, the concussions, the elbow injuries, some shoulder injuries -- that have happened of late, I don't know if they've happened as a sign for me, but I took them as a sign for me, a sign of what's unknown.

"I sat down with my financial advisor. With this contract, I'm finally secure multiple times over again, through many generations. For me, that's all I ever wanted out of this game -- to be personally secure and have my family members secure as well." 

Archer also told Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times he's overwhelmed with the faith the Rays have in him. 

"This is the first team I've ever really played for that really believed in me. The willingness from the Rays to offer such a contract for somebody with under a year of service time is remarkable, and it was something I definitely couldn't say no to." 

Topkin notes Tampa Bay executive vice president Andrew Friedman broached the topic of an extension with Archer during spring training with discussions concluding on March 29. Friedman told Topkin the team seeks several qualities among its players who are being considered for a new contract, with talent and character as part of the checklist.

Friedman also made this clear to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. 

"When we make a long-term commitment to a player, we look not only at his talent but also his intangibles. There's no question Chris has the talent to develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter, and he has the drive and character to realize that potential. 

"We are very pleased to solifify his place as one of our core players for years to come." 

Archer's new deal is a testament to how far he's come -- he "was cut from his 7th grade baseball team, and was told he would never play college baseball," according to Chris Field of Tampa Bay's Fox 13 Sports. 

The Rays right-hander told Field anything is possible if one gives it all he's got.

"I think the way I would like to describe it is, for any kid out there who has been told that he can't do something, I'm living proof that you can. Whatever it is -- whether it's sports, whether it's school, whether you want to be a general manager of a baseball team or a professor, whatever it is -- you're fully capable of doing it if you put in 100 purpose and intent. You'll be rewarded."

The 25-year-old Archer wound up in Tampa Bay as part of an eight-player trade that had Matt Garza becoming a Chicago Cub. He posted a 9-7 win-loss record with a 3.22 ERA and 101 strikeouts while starting in 23 games in the 2013 MLB season, per Crasnick. 

 
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Kluber strikes out 11 in Indians win vs Rays

Sep 26 2014 8:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Kluber (18-9) allowed five hits and walked two in his final start of the season, bolstering his case for the AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins, recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season and leads the majors with 269 strik ...
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Kluber strikes out 11 in Indians win vs Rays

Sep 26 2014 8:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Kluber (18-9) allowed five hits and walked two in his final start of the season, bolstering his case for the AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins, recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Kluber strikes out 11 in Indians win vs Rays

Sep 26 2014 8:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Kluber (18-9) allowed five hits and walked two in his final start of the season, bolstering his case for the AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins, recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season and leads the majors with 269 strikeouts. Kluber is 5-0 with a 1.12 ERA in his la ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Kluber strikes out 11 in Indians win vs Rays

Sep 26 2014 8:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Kluber (18-9) allowed five hits and walked two in his final start of the season, bolstering his case for the AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins, recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season and leads the majors with 269 strikeouts. Kluber is 5-0 with a 1.12 ERA ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Kluber strikes out 11 in Indians win vs Rays

Sep 26 2014 8:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Friday night to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Kluber (18-9) allowed five hits and walked two in his final start of the season, bolstering his case for the AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander, who is tied for the AL lead in wins, recorded his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the season and ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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White Sox stymied by Chris Archer, Rays in defeat

Sep 20 2014 11:38pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right-hander Chris Archer held the White Sox to two hits in 6 1/3 innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Jose Abreu singled to center in the first inning and Avisail Garcia had an infield hit in the fourth against Archer, but both hits were followed by double plays ...
Source: chicago sun-times   Full article at: chicago sun-times
 

 
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White Sox stymied by Chris Archer, Rays in defeat

Sep 20 2014 9:44pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right-hander Chris Archer held the White Sox to two hits in 6 1/3 innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on for a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Jose Abreu singled to center in the first inning and Avisail Garcia had an infield hit in th ...
Source: chicago sun-times   Full article at: chicago sun-times
 

 
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Archer finds holes in White Sox

Sep 20 2014 9:16pm CDT | Source: MLB News Index

Right-hander Chris Archer escaped trouble against the White Sox for 6 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out three, as the Rays grabbed a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Tropicana Field. ...
Source: MLB News Index   Full article at: MLB News Index
 

 
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Dramatic rally falls short as Jays lose to Rays

Sep 14 2014 3:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — A Toronto season filled with surprise and disappointment was neatly summed up Sunday afternoon in a 6-5 10th-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays have managed to shine and sputter in 2014. On Sunday, they did both. Trailing 5-4, Toronto was down to its last strike when pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. hit a solo home run to send the game into extra innings. The line drive off Jake McGee just ...
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2 weeks ago

Dramatic rally falls short as Jays lose to Rays

Sep 14 2014 3:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TORONTO — A Toronto season filled with surprise and disappointment was neatly summed up Sunday afternoon in a 6-5 10th-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays have managed to shine and sputter in 2014. On Sunday, they did both. Trailing 5-4, Toronto was down to its last strike when pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. hit a solo home run to send the game into extra innings. The line drive off Jake McGee just cleared the left-field fence to the delight of 28,633 with the roof open at the Rog ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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