Archer won't pitch for the Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule.
Analysis: The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline. Archer's contract includes a $9 million salary this year, an option that was exercised in November. Archer will receive only a portion due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh holds an $11 million club option for 2021, with a $250,000 buyout.