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Pirates acquire Chris Archer from the Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have traded starter Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In return they are getting pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named later. 

Archer, 29, is 2-5 with a 4.31 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 102/31 over 96 innings in 17 starts on the year. Taht’s somewhat underwhelming compared to his usual level of performance, but he’s got a 2.70 ERA over his last 43.1 innings after being activated from the disabled list following an abdominal strain that took a good while to heal. His longer-term track record is far better, of course — he’s a two-time All-Star who was one of the most reliable starters in all of baseball between 2014 and 2018 — and he’s under team control through 2021.

While the Pirates are currently out of playoff position, in third place in the NL Central, they have played much better baseball of late and are in striking distance of the second Wild Card, sitting 3.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Of course, since Archer is under team control, the move could be viewed as both a win-now and win-in-the-future kind of a deal for the Pirates.

They are paying a steep price for the privilege of Archer’s services, however. Many believe that Glasnow, in his third season in the bigs, is on the brink of a breakthrough, combining high velocity and an excellent curveball and offspeed pitch. He has come out of the bullpen exclusively this season, but some have compared him to Trevor Bauer as far as his potential goes. Which, fine, you never know, but he’s certainly capable of being a good one.

Meadows is a rookie and he’s doing pretty well in his debut campaign, hitting .292/.327/.468 with five homers in 165 plate appearances. He was the Pirates’ first round pick in 2013 and won the Rookie of the Month award in May.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”