July 3, 2022

The Minnesota Twins sign veteran bowler Chris Archer to a one-year deal

The Minnesota Twins sign veteran bowler Chris Archer to a one-year deal

The Minnesota Twins signed the veteran right bowler Chris Archer For a one-year contract, it was announced on Monday.

The team hasn’t disclosed terms, but the deal is worth $3.5 million and Archer could earn up to $9.5 million this season with performance bonuses, sources Jeff Bassan of ESPN reported.

The 33-year-old Archer made five starts and one comfortable appearance for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, posting a 4.66 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. He was sidelined for the majority of the season with a tightness in his right forearm.

Archer has a 3.87 ERA with 1,370 hits in 1,254 1/3 innings and an opponent hitting average of 0.240. He placed third in the AL Rookie of the Year vote for Rays in 2013 and fifth in the Cy Young Award ballot in 2015.

The Rays traded Archer on the 2018 deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After missing the 2020 season due to injury, Archer returned to the Rays as a free agent last year.

Archer could swing a Minnesota spin behind him Sony GrayAnd the Joe RyanAnd the Billy Uber And the Dylan Bundy. The Uber 20 made a start as a rookie last season, and Ryan made five starts on his debut. Gray was acquired in a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, and Bundy was signed as a free agent after leaving the Los Angeles Angels.

To unlock a place for Archer in the 40-man list, send the left-handed twin Louis Thorpe Express to Triple-A St. Paul.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.