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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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Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He has won all three of his big league starts. Arc ...
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2 days ago

Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, ...
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2 days ago

Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He has won all three of his big league starts. Arch ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He has won all three of his big lea ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He has ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Betts hits first grand slam, Red Sox beat Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:58pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Mookie Betts hit his first career grand slam, Anthony Ranaudo pitched six effective innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 Friday night. After Yoenis Cespedes drove in his second run of the game with a double, Betts connected off Chris Archer (8-7) to cap a five-run second inning that made it 8-0. Ranaudo (3-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, gave up three runs and five hits. He has won all three of his bi ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Betts' Slam Helps Red Sox Roll Over Rays

Aug 29 2014 9:52pm CDT | Source: boston

The anticipated face off between the Red Sox and Rays starter Chris Archer went horribly wrong for the Tampa Bay right-hander, as the Sox rolled their way to an 8-4 victory on Friday at Tropicana ...
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2 days ago

Game 134 Lineups and Notes: Ortiz vs. Archer in a St. Pete Showdown

Aug 29 2014 6:02pm CDT | Source: boston

The last time these two played at the Trop, Chris Archer made it clear he didn’t approve of Ortiz’s tendency to take his time getting around the bas ...
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3 days ago

Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Series Preview

Aug 29 2014 1:42pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

The Boston Red Sox just took two out of three from the Toronto Blue Jays and now get set for a four-game series against their division rival Tampa Bay Rays. Tensions have been high between these two squads all season, and the last time they squared off Rays pitcher Chris Archer had some words for David […] ...
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