What’s a realistic asking price?
If the Rays’ asking price starts with Eloy Jimenez, is this even a discussion worth having?
Initially, I balked right away at the idea. But Archer represents a substantive answer to Chicago’s rotation shortage. And not just this season, but for several years to come (free agency doesn’t factor in till 2019). His youth and history of making high number of starts consistently certainly make him a promising look.
Even in his 19-loss 2016 season, Archer’s earned run average barely broke 4.00. His 3.41 FIP over nearly 900 big-league regular season innings tells me what kind of pitcher he is: consistent.
Looking ahead to 2018, the Cubs’ rotation is shaky, to say the least. Kyle Hendricks, who has missed time with tendonitis already this year, is penciled in alongside Jon Lester. Past that, options include Eddie Butler and Mike Montgomery. Not exactly an awe-inspiring group.
But if you factor in Archer and assume the Cubs add another arm via free agency, the staff looks much more potent. It all comes down to how much you believe in Jimenez and his abilities. Is he the next big thing in Major League Baseball or just a second coming of Jorge Soler?