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NEW YORK — The pitching-thin New York Mets acquired left-hander Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays are getting right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer in return.
The 41-year-old Hill is 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts for the contending Rays.
New York started the day with a four-game division lead over Philadelphia and Atlanta despite a banged-up rotation.
Hill has pitched just 95 1/3 innings this year under limits imposed under the Rays’ pitching strategy. This will be his 11th big league team in a 17-season career.
The NL East leaders made the deal on the day Hill was supposed to start at Cleveland, and a week before the trade deadline.
This was the second trade by the Rays in two days. They acquired All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins.
Tampa Bay began the day one game behind Boston in the AL East.
The 35-year-old Hunter appeared in four games with one start for the Mets this year. He threw eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out six. He was placed on the 10-day injured list on May 21 and transferred to the 60-day IL on June 11 with lower back pain.
Dyer, 23, was selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2020 draft out of the University of Arizona. He has appeared in 36 games for the Low-A St. Lucie Mets this season, hitting .194 with 20 runs, seven home runs and 20 RBIs.