BRADENTON (93.7 The FAN) - To say it was an offseason of change for Chris Archer would be an understatement, both personally and professional.
The Pirates starter met with the media on the first day of pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training and we were there for it.
On the personal side of things, Archer not only changed his look by cutting off the signature dreadlocks, he also changed up who he worked with this offseason and what he worked on after being disappointed in his own performance last year.
"I can tell you this, they didn't see it last year," Archer said about his best stuff. "I wouldn't have uprooted myself and found a new trainer and worked on a bunch of the pitching things that I worked on if that wasn't what I expected out of myself. I don't want to say a whole lot, I just want to go out there and show people, but I feel like I'm in a really good spot."
So was the cutting of the dreadlocks somewhat a symbolic move of a fresh start for Archer?
"No, cause that hair had been with me since 2014...I was just over it."
Sticking with the idea of change but on a bigger scale, Archer shared his thoughts on working with new pitching coach Oscar Marin.
"I like him a lot. He's young, he's open-minded, he seems like a good person, he has an old school mind but a new school brain, so he knows what it means to go out there and take the ball but he also knows how to help people utilize their stuff to get the most ouf of them."
Archer added that Marin's background is in biomechanics which brings a different look at how to become the best pitcher possible.
As for all the change you see on a team level with a new GM, Manager and pitching coach, Archer talked about what that means for expectations this year.
"I've talked with Ben [Cherington] and Shelty [Derek Shelton] a lot about that. I think everybody here understands where we're at. There's advantages and there's some disadvantages but baseball is a special game where if you execute at a high level like we all know we're capable of, anything can happen."
Click the audio below to hear more from Archer on all the changes, how being on a team with a low payroll doesn't mean you don't have a chance to win and much more. Also, be sure to watch the video at the bottom to get a close-up with Archer's new look.