Mets Acquiring Rich Hill from the Rays

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Mets Acquiring Rich Hill from the Rays

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The New York Mets are getting their urgently-needed starting pitcher, albeit from a surprising source – the Tampa Bay Rays must’ve had quite a surplus of starters.

The Rays are sending ageless wonder Rich Hill to the Mets for Tommy Hunter (currently on IL) and Matt Dyer, the Mets’ 2020 4th rounder, currently 23 at Low-A and not raking (Sherman). The deal appears to be mostly about the Mets wanting to pick up a depth starter for little more than money, and the Rays now get to save about a million bucks from an area of depth. Hill, 41, has solid numbers overall this year, though he’s got a 5.40 ERA and some implosions since certain things started getting checked in mid-June.

The Mets’ situation was so dire that they just flat out needed someone to take their starts this weekend, so I wouldn’t necessarily say they “got their starting pitcher,” as far as trade season goes. They very well might still look to land someone, but obviously the market is very limited. In other words, I’m not sure how much of a market impact there is here, despite the fact that this was a need filled from a surprising source.

Either way, the Mets are still going to be in the market for an infield bat, and might also still be looking to add in the bullpen. Stay tuned.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.