Report: Cubs in trade talks for All-Star pitcher


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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs won the first World Series title since 1908 largely due to a splendid starting rotation throughout the season and throughout the postseason. However, the Cubs starters are one of the elder units in baseball and they recently declined the option on starter Jason Hammel.

The Cubs are looking for a fifth starter or someone that could add some youth to their starting rotation. MLB Network's Jim Bowden said on the radio that the Cubs are in discussion with the Rays general manager Matt Silverman this offseason for All-Star pitcher Chris Archer.

He has five years left on his contract with the Rays including $4.75 million in 2017, $6.25 million in 2018, and $7.5 million in 2019, $9 million in 2020, and $11 million in 2021.

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 named to an All-Star for the American League.

For his career, he has an impressive 3.51 ERA going 41-51 with 795 strikeouts and a 1.20 WHIP. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

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