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Players expected to be coming to Tampa Bay Rays from Chicago Cubs in Matt Garza trade

The five players reportedly coming to the Rays from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade:

Chris Archer, RHP

Archer, 22, is likely a key to this trade, considering he's the Cubs' top overall prospect, according to Baseball America. The right-hander went 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 142 1/3 innings between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season, and he earned the Cubs' minor-league pitcher of the year honors. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Raleigh, N.C., native was drafted by the Indians in the fifth round in 2006. The Cubs acquired him when they sent leftfielder Mark DeRosa to Cleveland in 2008. Archer had the best fastball and slider in the Cubs' system.

Hak-Ju Lee, SS/2B

The Korean is a shortstop prospect who hit .282 with 40 RBIs and 32 stolen bases for Class A Peoria last season. Lee, 20, would probably start with the Rays in A or Double A. He was rated the Cubs' fourth-best prospect, according to Baseball America.

Robinson Chirinos, C

Chirinos, 26, is the Cubs' top catching prospect. He is coming off a career year in which he had a combined .326 batting average/.416 on-base percentage/.583 slugging percentage between Double A and Triple A, with 18 homers and 74 RBIs (and just 43 strikeouts). He was added to the 40-man roster in Chicago and was reportedly expected to compete for the Cubs' backup catcher job.

Brandon Guyer, OF

Guyer, 24, is an athletic outfield prospect who played all three spots for Double-A Tennessee last season while committing just three errors in 102 games. He hit .344, with 13 homers and 58 RBIs, and had 30 steals. According to Baseball America, he is the Cubs' 10th-best prospect and the best defensive outfielder in their system.

Sam Fuld, OF

Fuld, 29, a strong defensive outfielder, has played in 98 big-league games spanning three seasons with the Cubs. He has hit .252 with one homer and five RBIs. Fuld hit .272 with four homers and 27 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa last season while playing centerfield.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Players expected to be coming to Tampa Bay Rays from Chicago Cubs in Matt Garza trade 01/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 10:15pm]
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