Chris Archer could help bolster Boston Red Sox rotation

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Red Sox should take a look at free agent starter Chris Archer

Would love to see Chris Archer in a Boston Red Sox uniform for the 2022 season. Having an AL East battle-tested starter on the roster would bring experience and depth to the rotation.

The two-time All Star would be a great asset with Chris Sale’s injury preventing him from being ready to open the season and James Paxton not expected to join the rotation until mid-season after being placed on the 60 injured list days, according to the Red Sox beat journalist Ian Browne.

Archer could be a good option as a long reliever or as a backup. With the recent signing of Trevor Story solidifying the Red Sox roster, they must now turn their attention to strengthening their throw.

Archer, 33, has a career 13.1 WAR, 3.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 1,370 strikeouts in 1,254.1 innings pitched. Not bad considering most of those years he played against the Sox and Yankees. He would bring his nine years of big league experience to a rapidly changing pitching staff with their starting No. 4s and No. 5s.

Currently, you’re looking at Rich Hill and Garrett Whitlock vying for that last rotation spot and Archer would bring more stability to the back of the rotation. I would also carefully consider throwing Whitlock into the bullpen and bringing him in as a starter later in the season. He still has a youthful arm and you’ll need it when it comes to the playoff push. This situation would also help the argument take a close look at Archer’s signature. He would also reunite with former Rays teammates Hill and Wacha.

At his peak, Archer was one of the league’s most enduring starting pitchers when he pitched a league-high 34 games in 2015 and 2017. All of those games were pitched while he was a member of the Boston’s AL East foe, the Tampa Bay Rays. During that same streak, he pitched over 200 innings in three consecutive years. That experience alone should make him an asset to Boston.

We know Chaim Bloom likes to go after these types of pitchers (Paxton, Hill, Wacha) to get them looking younger late in their careers. Archer would also be relatively cheap, which Bloom is also known to have picked up over the past two years in charge of the Red Sox. He also knows Archer during his tenure with the Rays when he watched him strike out an average of 10.7 batters in 9 innings between 2015 and 2017.

If he can stay healthy this year, Archer could help provide some competition for that fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. Bloom knows very well that you can never have too much pitch.

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