The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a long-term contract with another of their young pitchers, giving Chris Archer a $25.5 million, six-year deal on Wednesday.
The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million.
A 25-year-old right-hander, Archer went 9-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts as a rookie last season. He’s scheduled to make his first start of the season today against Toronto.
“It’s a contract, and its guaranteed money, but I think it’s just the beginning of six or eight great years,” Archer said.
Tampa Bay has a history of signing its best young players to long-term contract early in their careers.
Archer gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $500,000 this year, $1 million in 2015, $2.75 million in 2016, $4.75 million in 2017, $6.25 million in 2018 and $7.5 million in 2019. The Rays have a $9 million option for 2020 with a $1.75 million buyout, and if that option is exercised they have an $11 million option for 2021.
METS LOSE CLOSER — Mets closer Bobby Parnell was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn elbow ligament and will be sidelined until at least late May. Parnell will be out much longer if it turns out he needs surgery. But first, he will try resting for two weeks before beginning a throwing program that could last four weeks.
DARVISH SET TO START — The Texas Rangers say ace Yu Darvish is set to make his first start of the season Sunday at Tampa Bay. Manager Ron Washington says Darvish is as strong as he was before the neck stiffness that kept the pitcher from throwing for two weeks.
SURGERY FOR RAMOS — Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had surgery for a broken hamate bone in his left hand and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Ramos was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1. Washington recalled switch-hitting catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.
BROXTON’S RETURN CLOSE — Reliever Jonathan Broxton could be ready to pitch next week, giving the Cincinnati Reds an experienced closer. Broxton is recovering from surgery on his pitching forearm last August.
CHATWOOD ON DL — Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 29 with a strained left hamstring and Jordan Lyles was recalled.
VIOLA HAS SURGERY — The New York Mets say former pitcher Frank Viola is resting comfortably after heart surgery. He is a minor-league coach for the Mets.