Pittsburgh Pirates: Three trade destinations for Chris Archer

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts on the mound during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 28: Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts on the mound during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Blue Jays

As it stands, the Toronto Blue Jays may still be the fourth best team in the AL East. If they are to have any designs on contending in 2020, there is still work to be done.

While Hyun-Jin Ryu is a nice start to the rotation, the Blue Jays do not exactly have much else. Like Ryu, Matt Shoemaker has had injury concerns. Tanner Roark and Shun Yamaguchi are question marks. Chase Anderson? Trent Thornton? This is not the type of rotation that will do much in such a difficult division.

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And yet, the Blue Jays have signaled that they are approaching the end of the rebuild. Expectations are building for the club, and just making an improvement over 2019 may not be enough. Toronto wants to compete. Adding Chris Archer could be a step to that process.

Chances are, Archer alone would not be enough to put the Blue Jays in the postseason. However, Toronto has also been heavily involved in other trade rumors, even with their divisional rival Red Sox about David Price. Archer would not only cost less in salary, but he may even have less of a cost in terms of prospects.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are starting their own rebuild. Sending Chris Archer to the Blue Jays, a team with similar hopes to the Pirates last year, could make sense.