But yeah, Archer would be nice. He's going to one of the teams the M's are competing with if not them. Yankees? Red Sox? Dodgers? Or - yelp - Orcs?
Either the M's play with those guys or they don't. What brand are they again? To their credit, however, it's hard to argue with Colome, Span, and 2 reliable arms (who might give you 40-50 innings combined through the rest of the season - only slightly less than the 70 or so you'd get from a good starter). So to me, getting Archer would, of course be great, but it will be even greater just to make sure the Yankees/Red Sox/Astros/Indians/Orcs don't get him. You better be in that game.
Re: Felix. Well.....as much as I love the guy and remember how great he was at Cheney when he was 18 (remember that night Jeff - you were there too?), it looks to me like he's done being the Felix we knew. I see a few DL trips on the horizon for him - even if he's healthy - over the next season and a half. In the meantime, if you can pull Archer now Felix goes to the pen or DL yesterday. And I hate saying that.