×

Marte, Archer returning

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their 2020 options on pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Starling Marte.

Archer is scheduled to make $9 million next season and Marte $11.5 million following Pittsburgh’s decisions Monday.

A 31-year-old right-hander, Archer has struggled since joining the Pirates at the trade deadline in 2018 in a swap that sent right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Austin Meadow to Tampa Bay. Archer is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in Pittsburgh, including a 3-9 mark with a 5.19 ERA last season. The Pirates are in need of rotational depth with ace Jameson Taillon already ruled out for 2020 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Pirates will open the 2020 season at the end of March in Tampa Bay against the Rays.

Archer agreed to a $25.5 million, six-year contract with Tampa Bay in 2014 that included two team options. The 2020 option carried a $1.75 million buyout. Archer’s deal includes an $11 million option for 2021 with a $250,000 buyout.

Marte, 31, is arguably coming off the best season of his eight-year career, hitting .295 while setting career highs in both home runs (23) and RBIs (82) while also stealing 25 bases. As part of a deal agreed to in 2014 that guaranteed $31 million over six years, this year’s option included a $2 million buyout. The Pirates have a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.

Pittsburgh exercised the options while searching for both a general manager and a manager. The team parted ways with former manager Clint Hurdle at the end of the regular season and fired longtime general manager Neal Huntington last week.

COMMENTS