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Rays sign pitcher Chris Archer to $25.5 million deal

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Chris Archer has signed a 6-year contract with the Rays worth $25.5 million.

That locks the right-handed 25-year-old pitcher through 2019.

The deal also includes options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, which would make the grand total of the deal worth nearly $44 million. The always philosophical Archer says he is elated, and dedicated to becoming the best possible pitcher for the Rays.

He knows he's only scratched the surface of his potential and wants to play for Tampa Bay his entire career.

"There are few things in life that are guaranteed, and the Rays have guaranteed me six years for the amount that we all know, and, in turn, I'm going to guarantee to give them everything I can on and off the field," Archer said.

He's come a long way: Archer was cut from his 7th grade baseball team, and was told he would never play college baseball.

Now, he thanks his doubters for motivating him, and has a message for young people who might be discouraged like he was.

"I think the way I would like to describe it is, for any kid out there who has been told that he can't do something, I'm living proof that you can," Archer said. "Whatever it is -- whether it's sports, whether it's school, whether you want to be a general manager of a baseball team or a professor, whatever it is -- you're fully capable of doing it if you put in 100 percent purpose and intent. You'll be rewarded."

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