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Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Chris Archer has been mentioned in possible trade talks for the past couple of years. His name was officially off the market on Tuesday Afternoon when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows, and a player to be named later.
The Tampa Bay Rays are on pace to miss the playoffs once again this season. They are playing .500 ball at best. Tampa Bay gets even younger with this trade and they have a bright future ahead of them.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing better baseball as of late and it allowed them to make a move. They didn't have a true number one starting pitcher and now they have one in Chris Archer. He is 29 years old and is under contract for the next three seasons, but Archer can buyout after the 2020 season.
His record with the Rays so far in 2018 was 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA. In 96 innings pitched, Archer has given up 102 hits and 50 runs. He has walked 31 batters and has struck out 102.
The Pirates record is 56-52. They are six games back of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central. Pittsburgh is only three games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second wild card spot in the National League. Pittsburgh has 54 games remaining and it could be very interesting if this trade pays off for them.
Tyler Glasnow is 24 years old and he has potential to be a very good starting pitcher at the MLB level. His record with the Pirates so far this season was 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA. In 56 innings pitched, Glasnow has given up 47 hits and 28 runs. He has walked 34 batters and has struck out 72.
Austin Meadows is 23 years old and he has been back and forth this season between Triple-A Indianapolis and MLB Pittsburgh. In 49 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his batting average was .292 with with five home runs and 13 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .327. I didn't think they would get rid of him, but it happened.
This is a good trade for both teams and it will be interesting who will be the third player in this trade. It will most likely be one of Pittsburgh's top prospects, but it could also be an average prospect.