Pirates Clubhouse Reacts To Additions Of Archer, Kela

Players excited for new additions as Glasnow, Meadows head to Tampa Bay

Shelby Cassesse
July 31, 2018 - 5:22 pm
Chris Archer

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - It was a bittersweet moment in the Pirates clubhouse. 

The trade for Rays pitcher Chris Archer was all but official. As reports circulated that Tyler Glasnow was included in the deal, he shared hugs with a few teammates and left the room. 

Glasnow's fellow pitcher Joe Musgrove recognized the excitement and the sadness of the moment.

"We understand that it's not going to be free to get Archer and we're going to have to get rid of some pieces here. It's never easy, but you look at what it's going to do for our team and our opportunity, and even guys that leave here, it opens new opportunities for them. I think it's a win-win. It's just a little bittersweet at first."

Even before the Archer trade was official, Musgrove and Trevor Williams wanted to know which locker Archer wanted in the clubhouse.

The Pirates acquired Archer for Glasnow, Austin Meadows and a player to be named later right at the 4 p.m. deadline. It was their second move of the day, as they traded for Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela around 2 a.m. in exchange for LHP Taylor Hearn and two players to be named later. 

Pirates RHP Kyle Crick had not heard how the team expects to use Kela in late innings, but the addition strengthens the bullpen. 

"I think it's pretty special," he said. "We all have chances to go out and throw 0's up. Whatever order that may be in, we'll see, but I think it will be a good time. He has a good arm, good dude from what I've heard. Looking forward to it."

At the beginning of July, the Pirates looked like they were going to be sellers. They had lost five straight games and were 40-48, but the remainder of July forced a change of plans. The team has won 15 of their last 19, putting them at 55-52. 

Josh Harrison said the moves at the trade deadline instill confidence in a team that, less than a month ago, had little. 

"It kind of lets you know, as a team, what the belief is as a whole. We've put ourselves in a position to make some noise and we got two guys apparently coming in that can help this team. It makes our team that much better and gives you an idea that we want to win as a whole, everybody."