The MLB offseason is always a whole lot of ridiculous fun, but perhaps never more before than following the 2020 season. With player movement mostly stalled out due to the lack of leadership at MLB’s highest level, the rumors get more wild with each passing day. Dodgers fans have certainly experienced this over the last few weeks, looking for any clue as to what moves Andrew Friedman might make.
So when free-agent pitcher Chris Archer appeared on his social media throwing at a Dodgers facility, the internet got a little wild. Archer missed the 2020 season after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, ending his time in Pittsburgh after they landed him in a massive trade.
— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) January 5, 2021
It’s been a few years since Archer was at the top of his game with the Rays, but he is a guy that would make sense for the Dodgers on some level. Andrew Friedman was the Rays general manager when they traded for him back in 2011.
Adding to that, he could also make some sense in terms of depth if David Price chose not to play in 2021. There seems to be no indication that Price will opt out, though you have to believe the Dodgers want to be prepared for any situation.
The Dodgers were also one of the teams in on Archer right before he was moved to Pittsburgh. A lot has happened since then though, as Archer has battled through injuries and watched his value plummet.
Dousing the Flames of the Rumor Fire
I don’t want to rain on your parade if you’re a big fan of the idea of adding Archer, but I have to be realistic. Archer does train in Los Angeles during the offseason, and it’s possible this Dodgers location was the only place he could throw. It’s also not any sort of confirmation that this is an official Dodgers location or facility, but it’s fun to daydream.
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