Rumor: Cubs trade for All-Star pitcher would involve Eloy Jimenez
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The Cubs are looking for another quality starter or someone that could add some youth to their starting rotation as Jake Arrieta and John Lackey will probably not be back with the Cubs in 2018. MLB insider Jeff Passan was on The Score on Monday and said that the Cubs could get All-Star Chris Archer from the Rays but it would cost them dearly with arguably their top minor league prospect.
"Cubs have had talks with Rays in past regarding Chris Archer," Passan said. He's a logical fit, but Cubs would have to part with Eloy Jimenez."
Archer has four years left on his contract with the Rays including $6.25 million in 2018, $7.5 million in 2019, $9 million in 2020, and $11 million in 2021.
He is 5-4 with 3.75 ERA, 122 strikeouts, and 1.18 WHIP this season. In 2016, he was 9-19 with a 4.02 ERA with 233 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP. He was 8th in innings pitched (201.1), 2nd in the AL in strikeouts (233), and 8th in walks (67). In 2015, he was an All-Star for the American League.
For his career, the 28-year old has an impressive 3.54 ERA going 46-55 with 917 strikeouts and 1.20 WHIP. The Cleveland Indians drafted him in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft.