The Tampa Rays are a smart organization. In signing Chris Archer to a very affordable extension (6 years, 25.5M) they've managed to hold most of their rotation under club control for a long time. The Archer thing hits a particular nerve amongst certain Cubs fans of course. The Cubs traded the talented righty to the Rays initially in exchange for Matt Garza in a move that reeked of desperation. Hak Ju Lee was also included in that deal and he's got a real chance to become a major league regular in the near future.
I wasn't a fan of the trade when it was made initially. I think Matt Garza was a fine pitcher who just didn't quite live up to expectations here with the Cubs for health related reasons. He never went over 200 innings in a Cubs uniform, he didn't save Jim Hendry's job and the best thing you can say Garza did for the organization was bring in a pretty damn good haul of prospects from the Texas Rangers.
None of that is Garza's fault, really. He wasn't surrounded with a playoff caliber team and the Cubs went into full rebuild mode in the middle of his tenure here in Chicago. The Garza era in Chicago will end up being a forgotten one for a variety of reasons and he will hopefully recede into the background as a trivia question (who did the Cubs trade to acquire Mike Olt?).
But what about Chris Archer?
Archer still exists at the forefront of our consciousness as a miss; a pitcher who fits the Cubs youth movement theme as he's seemingly on the track to become something more.
As much as I disliked the Chris Archer move when it happened, I think it's best to simply move on from what could have been and instead focus on the reality of what is. Archer is a fine pitcher and I love him dearly, but the trades are made and there are no take backs. No amount of wish casting or nay saying will put Archer in a Cubs uniform.
Chris Archer is a Ray, and the new deal ensures he'll be a Ray for 6 years pending something out of left field happening. As much as I love the player it's time to move on from something that will never be.
Let go or be dragged.
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