Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are an interesting trade matchup for the Cubs. Chris Archer is a player that could solidify the Cubs rotation, though the Rays are apprehensive about letting go of their most dominant starter, barring an offer “that overwhelms [them].” Archer is in the midst of a home run plagued year, already having given up more than he did in all of 2015. At 4-13 with a 4.35 ERA, giving up 117 earned runs in 117 innings, Archer hardly seems like the player he was last year. But, his 136 strikeouts are indicative that he hasn’t lost his stuff.
The Rays have a top-10 ranked farm system, so their needs seem to be at the major league level. It’s highly unlikely that they Cubs would be willing to give up any of their big league players in order to land Archer, especially when there are cheaper options on the market.
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