Minnesota Twins: Can the Twins fix Chris Archer?
By Chris Schad
The Minnesota Twins are on the lookout for pitching and an opportunity to revive a former All-Star could be a sneaky way to upgrade their rotation.
For the past couple of seasons, the Minnesota Twins have been on the lookout for a true ace. While Jose Berrios has been shoehorned into the role the past couple of seasons, reality set in as the team barrelled its way back into serious contention last year and the Twins pitching staff fell apart prior to being swept by the New York Yankees.
While many are fixated on the Twins’ ability to spend like crazy this offseason, the option of trading to fill one of their four holes in the starting rotation remains in play. The benefit to this is that if the Twins can find a pitcher that is at a modest salary, they could turn around and use that money to go harder after higher caliber free agents such as Zack Wheeler or even Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg. (Hey, dream big!)
For that, the Twins will have to look for upside and if I told you the opportunity is there to add a former two-time All-Star to the rotation, you would probably jump on it, right?
That opportunity could be there by trading for Chris Archer. It wasn’t long ago when Archer was one of the brightest young aces in baseball, but after being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the summer of 2018, he has disappointed mightily as part of a full-blown dumpster fire in the Steel City.
While his recent numbers will have Twins fans flashing back to the days of Terry Ryan’s bargain-basement pitching days, Archer could be a solid buy-low candidate that could help the Twins reap the benefits later.