Minnesota Twins sign Chris Archer to one year deal
With only ten days before the start of the regular MLB season, the Minnesota Twins front office continues to address the team's biggest need: pitching
The Twins are adding to their rotation by signing right handed pitcher Chris Archer on a one-year deal worth a minimum $3.5 million, but various incentives can top him out at $9.5 million.
Archer, at 33 years old, saw only six appearances last season with Tampa. He accumulated a 4.66 ERA on just 19 innings pitched. He had missed the entire 2020 season with injury after recovering from surgery. Prior to his heath woes, he was a two-time All Star and the Twins are clearly pinning their hopes on him having that kind of performance left in him yet.
After landing the coup of the free-agency in signing Carlos Correa, the Twins are showing that they are all in on coming back from their sub .500 season last year. The addition of Archer makes for an interesting addition to their rotation, provided he can stay healthy. Twins pitching includes Sonny Gray, Dylan Bundy, and Joe Ryan, and Minnesota have been taking a hard look at Oakland A’s starters Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea.
To make room for their new acquisition, the Twins have sent Australian southpaw Lewis Thorpe down to AAA St Paul. He posted a 6.46 RA9 in 15.1 innings of work last season.