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Chris Archer, Rays finalize $25.5-million deal
Chris Archer, Rays finalize $25.5-million deal

Chris Archer has done all right for a guy who was cut from his seventh grade team and once told by a coach he would never be good enough to pitch in college, let alone the major leagues. On Wednesday, the 25-year-old right-hander and the Tampa Bay Rays finalized a $25.5-million, six-year contract. "Not making teams, being told I was never going to play college baseball, getting traded twice, and now I'm sitting here in this seat where not many people ever get," Archer said. The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million. Archer had a 9-7 record and a 3.22 earned-run average in 23 starts as a rookie in 2013. He's...

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