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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Rays Trade Rich Hill To Mets

The Mets, in dire need of some rotation help, have found some of the rotation depth they’ve been seeking. The team announced Friday that it has acquired lefty Rich Hill from the Rays in exchange for minor league catcher/infielder Matt Dyer and veteran right-hander Tommy Hunter (who is currently on the injured list). Right-hander Robert Stock, out with a hamstring strain, was transferred to the 60-day injured list in order to open a spot on the Mets’ 40-man roster.

The swap will come as a surprise to many, given the Rays’ place in the standings and last night’s acquisition of Nelson Cruz, but it serves as another reminder that in today’s game, many clubs can’t be simply boxed into strict “buyer” or “seller” categories.

Hill, 41, has pitched to a 3.87 ERA through 95 1/3 innings so far in 2021, but he’s also struggled rather considerably since mid-June. In his past seven starts, he’s tallied just 33 1/3 innings and yielded 20 runs on 34 hits and 16 walks. Seven of those hits have left the yard, and Hill’s 28 strikeouts (19.3 percent) in that time represent a pretty pronounced decline.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 11:55 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: July 26, 2021 at 12:29 PM (#6030435)
A pitcher with a high spin rate who has been struggling since mid-June 2021? And you say the Mets traded for him?
   2. Lassus Posted: July 26, 2021 at 01:22 PM (#6030455)
Shut up, you.
   3. Cris E Posted: July 26, 2021 at 02:41 PM (#6030473)
That decrease in performance won't be much of a problem for long: he's way overdue for another injury.
   4. nick swisher hygiene Posted: July 26, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6030559)
This makes very little sense for the Rays, unless you assume they just understand pitching better than anybody else……so, yeah, it’s a good deal for the Rays.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: July 26, 2021 at 06:16 PM (#6030563)
they save a little money and they do think that are that one exception - owners of more than enough starting pitching.
   6. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 26, 2021 at 06:49 PM (#6030571)
I read an indepth take on this trade from some Tampa-based site that basically said:

1) Hill is done, and the team is going to take him out of the rotation, anyway, if he doesn't get hurt first;
2) This move nets out to a savings over the rest of the season for the Rays of around $250K;
3) They get a lottery ticket in Matt Dyer.

Basically, the Mets are so desperate for a starting pitcher that they gave the Rays $250K and a minor-leaguer for Hill, knowing he may be all done, anyway.

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