Chris Archer is the type of signing that the Chicago White Sox could make that could really help them. The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays in July of 2018 in exchange for Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. It clearly benefited the Rays to make that deal but that doesn’t mean that Archer was bad or anything. The Pirates were just no good around him and it would have been better to keep the young guys.
Archer was getting ready to play the full 2020 season when he decided to undergo surgery that would end his season. This all came before the pandemic but it clearly made it possible that he played his final game with the Pirates when that decision was made. The fact that he didn’t play in 2020 is sad for the Pirates but he is almost certainly going to go to a new team now.
If he wants to go to a contender, the White Sox would love to add a cheap pitcher like Archer. He is 32 years old and would make a great mentor to some of the younger pitchers that the White Sox have. He also might be able to learn a thing or two from Katz that could help him on his road back to the big leagues. This is a player who has been an All-Star twice and has finished as a top-five Cy Young guy in his career. If they brought him in, there is a good chance he would be their fourth or fifth starter.