The busiest day of the season for many teams, and a time of reckoning for others, the Major League Baseball trading deadline has come and gone. Arguably the biggest talent swap of the day took place between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a surprising move for the Pirates, they acquired two time all-star Chris Archer, catapulting them back into contention for the National League Central.
At just 29, Archer is under team control for three more seasons, at an extremely team friendly rate ($27.7 million total). With over 1,000 innings pitched since his rookie season in 2013, Archer is one of the more durable starters in the majors. Ultimately what the Pirates are getting is a controllable, durable starter, with the potential to return to his ace form.
Tampay Bay makes out splendidly on this trade as well, acquiring two young MLB-ready players in return. Both RHP Tyler Glasnow and OF Austin Meadows are great talents and figure to help out the rebuilding Rays immediately. Meadows in particular seems to be on track for a successful career. At just age 23, he has hit .292 from the left side, and earned rookie of the month honors back in May. Glasnow on the other hand, has had his ups and downs since coming up in 2016. Still just 24, he has time to turn it around, but more than likely will remain as a serviceable middle reliever.
This is a great trade for both sides, with Tampa not ready to compete, and Pittsburgh attempting to maximize its potential heading down the stretch. One thing is for certain though, there is a new ace in Pittsburgh, a role that has gone unfilled since Gerrit Cole was traded in the off-season, and his name is Chris Archer.