Rays Reportedly Reach Deal With Chris Archer
Chris Archer Agrees To Contract Extension With Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays and Chris Archer have reportedly agreed to a 6-year contract extension valued at around $25M. The deal also includes two-club options that could keep him in Tampa Bay through the 2021 season. The deal was first reported by Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal (Twitter).
The 25-year old right hander has pitched parts of two seasons and has only 156 days of major league service time entering the 2014 season. Under MLB rules with two more full seasons he'd be very close to qualifying for Super Two status which affords him the opportunity to go to arbitration four times rather than the normal three. This contract extension alleviates a lot of the fiscal complications of such a process as players that reach Super Two status make more in their four years than their standard counterparts of regular arbitration players.
Last season Archer joined the team on June 1st and was a key cog in the rotation as the staff battled injuries to David Price, Alex Cobb, and Matt Moore. He made 23 starts and posted a record of 9-7 with an ERA of 3.22.
This season marks the first year he has made the opening day roster and is slated to make his 2014 debut Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m.