Archer is a pitcher of interest for a few teams. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past couple of weeks, MLB’s offseason has picked up. But there’s still plenty of work to be done. Many free agents remain on the market. And, teams appear unwilling to pay up anything at all. But the trade market? That’s an entirely different matter altogether. For instance, the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t looking to move Chris Archer.

But, they are still talking to several teams about him.

Archer has generated significant outside interest as the Rays appear to enter a bit of a rebuild. The Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams that have asked about Archer this offseason, with Morosi adding that the Minnesota Twins could see him as a secondary option should they fail to sign Yu Darvish.

Here’s the thing, however. Why would the Rays move him now?

While Archer would bring a significant return, there’s nothing forcing the Rays to make the deal. He’s under contract for the next four seasons at a rather comfortable price. Archer is owed a combined $14 million over the next two years and has a $9-million team option for 2020, and an $11-million team option for 2021.

So there you have it, baseball fans. Want your team to bring the ace on board? If so, it’s going to cost them plenty. But by the time spring training begins, will he still be a Ray?

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