The starting pitching-needy Mets added what they hope is a useful arm on Friday, landing left-hander Rich Hill from the Rays, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed.
The 41-year-old Hill was having a strong season with the Rays, going 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA and could make his Mets debut Sunday or Monday, where the Mets have a need for a starting pitcher. Hill’s previous outing was last Sunday, when he allowed three earned runs in four innings to the Braves.The Mets are sending Tampa Bay reliever Tommy Hunter and Double-A prospect Matt Dyer.
Hill has struggled of late, pitching to a 4.56 ERA in June and a 4.97 ERA in July. But the Mets desperately need healthy starters with Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Noah Syndergaard, David Peterson, Jordan Yamamoto, Joey Lucchesi, Corey Oswalt and Robert Stock all on the injured list.
Carrasco was shelled in his most recent rehabilitation outing and deGrom is only throwing lightly while dealing with tightness in his forearm.
The others do not appear anywhere close to returning. Lucchesi is out for the season following Tommy John surgery.