We all know the Friedman’s connection to his former employer the Tampa Bay Rays. So Archer to the Dodgers would not be a surprise at all. Also, the Rays usually sell their stars before they get too expensive for a small market team like Tampa Bay. Archer would fit just fine with the Dodgers. Just like the aforementioned Marcus Stroman, he pitched in the AL East.
He has very similar qualities to that of Marcus Stroman. He is not quite as competitive as Stroman, but he is still very competitive. His stuff also plays up in big games and situations. His numbers have not been anything special, but he is always a top pitcher in the bigs. His lack of production these last two seasons could be a good thing for the Dodgers.
The reason for this is the Dodgers could use that to lower the asking price for Archer even more. Archer may not have many numbers that stand out, but one eye-opening number is the number of strikeouts he continues to have every season. Amassing over 200 strikeouts in his last three seasons with the Rays.
He could be a very good option behind Kershaw in the rotation. He has a very team friendly contract and is still relatively young. Both of those things are important when it comes to doing business with Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi. Again, the goal they have is to get younger and cheaper; Archer gets them exactly what they want which is exactly why he is a fit.