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Pittsburgh Pirates pull off the unthinkable, land Chris Archer

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates have consummated what seems like a yearly flirtation with acquiring Chris Archer.

After a dizzying deadline day that saw a steady buildup of rumors that swelled and crested like a beautiful, crystalline wave of goodness, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays.

To say this is a stunning development would be to understate just how much of a monumental shift this move is. General manager Neal Huntington has seemingly wiped away his well-earned reputation for prospect hoarding.

Bucs Dugout will update this post as news of the package going to Tampa becomes available.

UPDATE - The pieces are starting to come in