The Pirates bolstered their rotation at the deadline Tuesday, adding right-hander Chris Archer from Tampa Bay for two coveted prospects in outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow, and a player to be named.
Archer, a two-time All-Star, is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays. The 29-year-old gives the Pirates a significant jolt in experience in a rotation that includes three starters — Jameson Taillon, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove — 26 or younger.
The move was the second significant trade by the Pirates at the deadline. Pittsburgh acquired Texas closer Keone Kela in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Taylor Hearn and a player to be named.