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Rays Chris Archer: "We've got to spend more money" to win

Chris Archer called on Rays ownership to increase payroll to get the team back to contending status.

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Chris Archer called on Rays ownership to increase payroll to get the team back to contending status.

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Top starter Chris Archer called on Rays ownership to increase payroll to get the team back to contending status.

Archer, speaking Thursday on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio, also said that talk by top officials of being at a "competitive disadvantage" has a negative effect on the players and that he hopes that his bosses are committed to being annual contenders.

"I think in order for us to be successful, we've got to spend more money,'' Archer said. "You look at the teams that were in contention this year and they were all around the $100-million payroll mark or more. And we're in the $70 million payroll (range).

"So I think a couple added pieces, yeah, we're going to have to spend a little bit of money. But a couple added pieces with the starting pitching that we have can change everything. We can get back to the winning franchise that we were.''

Three straight losing seasons, after a run of making the playoffs four times in six, has not been fun, Archer said.

"I want to get back to that winning culture, winning environment. I was spoiled in 2013 to be part of a playoff team pretty much my first full season in the big leagues.  And I want that. That's my expectation every year,'' he said.

"And I hope from an ownership perspective and from a front-office perspective that they want that as well. And not just a solid season, no. I want to be playing in October, and super deep in October and win a championship.''

The comments came after Archer was asked about what the team needs to do to improve, and he made a point of saying how the starting pitching overall, and himself specifically, needed to be better than at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Archer said steady talk of the challenges the Rays face in competing against the larger market / higher payroll teams has a negative impact on the psyche of his teammates.

"I'm kind tired of hearing in interviews about a "competitive disadvantage" against these other teams,'' he said.

"I get it. We might not be capable of spending with the Yankees and Red Sox. But if we keep harping on it then it permeates the minds of the players. And we don't want the players to think that we're at any competitive disadvantage.

"We have a different advantage I believe, and I think it comes from the scouting department and the creativeness that we've been able to develop over the years.

"I'm really starting to get tired of hearing the word "disadvantage" when it comes to the Rays because that's just the wrong mentality to start with.''

Archer's comments come at a time when the Rays are expected to trade one of their starting pitchers - perhaps him - as a way to fill other needs while keeping the payroll in the $70-million range.

Here is the full text of Archer's remarks:

At this point I've been with the Rays for parts of five seasons, four full seasons, I'll be honest with you, man, I'm kind tired of hearing in interviews about a "competitive disadvantage" against these other teams.

I get it. We might not be capable of spending with the Yankees and Red Sox. But if we keep harping on it then it permeates the minds of the players. And we don't want the players to think that we're at any competitive disadvantage.

We have a different advantage I believe, and I think it comes from the scouting department and the creativeness that we've been able to develop over the years.

I'm really starting to get tired of hearing the word "disadvantage" when it comes to the Rays because that's just the wrong mentality to start with.

But to go along with that, I think in order for us to be successful, we've got to spend more money.

You look at the teams that were in contention this year and they were all around the $100-million payroll mark or more. And we're in the $70 million payroll.

So I think a couple added pieces, yeah, we're going to have to spend a little bit of money. But a couple added pieces with the starting pitching that we have can change everything. We can get back to the winning franchise that we were.

Because, frankly, playing for 90-loss teams is not fun. And being under .500 is not fun.

I want to get back to that winning culture, winning environment. I was spoiled in 2013 to be part of a playoff team pretty much my first full season in the big leagues.

And I want that. That's my expectation every year.

And I hope from an ownership perspective and from a front office perspective that they want that as well.

And not just a solid season, no. I want to be playing in October, and super deep in October and win a championship.''

 

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2016 1:16pm]

    

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