More cuts: Archer, Odorizzi, Torres
UPDATE, 2:07: Archer said there was no negative feelings once he heard the Rays reasoning. "Mixed with my conviction that I can compete at this level and with that conversation that we just had, there are no malicious feelings, there's no like negative feelings going to Triple-A, going to the minor leagues for who knows how long,'' he said. "I know I have to continue to develop, and something's going to happen - every year someone goes down or they need an extra arm. So I'm going to make the most of my opportunity when I come up but continue to maximize my potential in the minor leagues.'
DEVELOPING: The Rays optioned their three most advanced starting prospects to Triple-A Durham - RHP Chris Archer, RHP Jake Odorizzi, LHP Alex Torres.
Archer, who made his big-league debut last season, said he initially was surprised to be sent down at this stage of the spring, but after what he called "a great conversation" with exec VP Andrew Friedman, manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey he felt nothing negative.
He said the Rays told him they expect him to be back and pitch for them this season, but there were some things he needed to work on this was not the prime time.