Yankees Might Chase Rays’ Chris Archer Before Trade Deadline

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/29/17 04:32AM EDT

The New York Yankees are reportedly eyeing several pitchers before the July 31 trade deadline to boost their rotation.

Several reports have it that the Yankees are interested in trading for Chicago White Sox ace Jose Quintana, Pittsburgh Pirates star Gerrit Cole, Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish and Oakland Athletics right-handed hurler Sonny Gray.

Now, Phil Rogers of MLB.com reported that the Yankees may also consider trading for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer, whom he described as "Holy Grail" for contenders with starting pitching needs this trade deadline season.

According to Rogers, the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs could pounce on Archer if he is put on the trading block by the Rays. "There would be a feeding frenzy if the Rays were to put him on the trade market this summer," stressed Rogers.

Last season, the Yankees were in a position to acquire Archer via trade, per Joe Giglio of NJ.com but both the pitcher and the Rays rejected the reported move by their division rival.

Acquiring Archer will solve two problems for the Yankees. First, they will have a dependable starter in Archer, who has a 3-3 record with a 3.76 ERA this season. Second, the Yankees will have a solid starter under contract until 2021 for a bargain price of just over $34 million.

Three of the Yankees' starting unit - Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda -- will be free agents at the end of the year. The Yankees need a boost in their rotation as they are just 14th in terms of ERA at 4.33.

In 136 career starts, Archer has a 44-54 mark with 3.49 ERA in 830 2/3 frames, per ESPN stats. An All-Star in 2015, Archer has a 2.73 ERA over 100 career innings against the Yankees.

In his last game against the Yankees, Archer racked up a season-high 12 strikeouts over 6.1 innings but the Rays lost to New York after he gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks.

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