(St. Petersburg) According to a source familiar with the matter, Chris Archer has agreed to a $ 6.5 million one-year pact with the Tampa Bay Rays, with whom he made his big-league debut.
The person requested anonymity as the deal is contingent on passing a medical test and has not been announced.
A 32-year-old right-hander, Archer was among the stars of the American in 2015 and 2017, with the Rays.
The Tampa Bay rotation no longer has Charlie Morton or Blake Snell, the winner of the Cy Youg of the American in 2018.
The Rays declined Morton’s contract option, while Snell was traded to the San Diego Padres.
Archer was 54-68 and averaged 3.69 in seven seasons with the Rays.
In July 2018, they sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates, getting right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Austin Meadows in return.
Archer missed the 2020 season with surgery to the lower chest opening.
In two seasons with the Pirates, he has delivered a 6-12 performance and an average of 4.92.