Twins agree to terms with free agent starter Chris Archer

The Minnesota Twins have signed right-handed starter Chris Archer to a one-year contract worth at least $3.5 million. ESPN was the first to report. Archer’s contract includes incentives that could push the total value to $9.5 million, as well as a $10 million 2023 mutual option. The incentives are based on games started or outings where he records nine or more outs.

Archer, 33, was limited to six appearances last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s battled injuries the last two years.

Archer is a two-time All-Star, but has struggled since being traded to Pittsburgh during the 2018 season.

Archer will be given every opportunity to win a job in the Twins’ rotation.

To make room for Archer on the 40-man roster, the Twins have outrighted left-handed pitcher Lewis Thorpe to Triple-A St. Paul. Thorpe appeared in two games for the Twins in spring training, allowing one run on two hits in 3.2 innings pitched with two walks and five strikeouts.