MLB trade deadline recap: Chris Archer on the move

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The 2018 MLB non-waiver trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. EST this afternoon, and after the dust settled, 14 trades were made Tuesday.

Some big names are packing their bags for new cities, including Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer, among others.

Here are the three most influential deals made Tuesday:

Rays trade Chris Archer to Pirates

Chris Archer

With less than an hour before the deadline, Tampa sent its prized righty to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Austin Meadows, right-hander Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later.

Archer, who has been the subject of trade rumors for the past two seasons, is excited about moving on to a contending team.

He's under contract for another three years and is owed $27.5 million. His deal includes a pair of team options in 2020 and '21.

"Chris Archer has been, and projects to be, an upper-echelon major-league pitcher," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Adam Berry of, later adding, "We are thrilled to add to our organization to help us win games for the next three-plus years,"

Archer, who's spent his entire seven-year career to date with Tampa Bay, owns a 4.31 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and has collected 102 strikeouts in 17 starts this season.

In return, Tampa receives a prized outfield prospect in Meadows, and a potential front-end starter down the road in Glasnow.

Cardinals send Tommy Pham to Rays for three players

Tommy Pham

Prior to sending Archer packing, Tampa made a surprise move to bolster its roster by trading for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham.

St. Louis sent Pham and $500,000 of international cap space to the Rays for outfielder Justin Williams, left-hander Genesis Cabrera, and right-hander Roel Ramirez.

Pham, 30, is under team control through the 2021 campaign, and will enter his first season of arbitration eligibility this winter. The outfielder owns a 248/.331/.399 slash line with 14 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 98 games to this point.

"I'm shocked on all fronts," Pham said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. "I'm just disappointed, too. I wanted to give more. I wanted to give more, from a playing perspective. I had an opportunity here. They gave me a chance."

The Cardinals are just four games back of the final playoff spot in the National League, so trading away one of their starting outfielders for future pieces was unexpected.

Phillies acquire Wilson Ramos from Rays

Wilson Ramos

Once again, the Rays were front and center with another big deadline-day deal, sending catcher Wilson Ramos to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

This move looks incredible on paper for the NL East-leading Phillies, who acquire a two-time All-Star backstop without giving up a player on their roster or prospects.

The 30-year-old Ramos owns a .297/.346/.488 slash line with 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 315 plate appearances for the Rays, making him one of the top offensive catchers in the game this year.

The only catch is that Ramos is still recovering from a hamstring injury, and may not be healthy for a couple more weeks.

For a list of all the trades in MLB on Tuesday, and leading up to the deadline over the past couple weeks, click here.

Philadelphia Phillies
Tyler Glasnow
Tommy Pham
Wilson Ramos
Chris Archer
Tampa Bay Rays
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates

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