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New Details Emerge In Blockbuster Chris Archer-Pirates Trade

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PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 03: A general view of PNC Park during opening day between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on April 3, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

A few hours ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a blockbuster deal that sent pitcher Chris Archer to Pittsburgh for reliever Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Austin Matthews.

The deal also sent a "player to be named later" to the Rays. That player appears to be a "significant" piece, rather than just a minor leaguer.

According to a report from MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the Pirates didn't just send a "fringe" prospect.

Here's what he had to say.

The identity of the third player remains unknown at this point. However, it looks as though the Rays got a solid return for a player who never seemed to reach his full potential.

Archer is a two-time All-Star, but has struggled so far this season. He has nine outings in which he allowed three or more runs and his strikeout rate is the lowest it's been since 2014.

The Pirates field a quality pitching staff which will work to turn Archer into the All-Star caliber pitcher he was in 2015 and 2017.