Veteran lefty Rich Hill joins Boston Red Sox on 1-year deal

Free-agent left-hander Rich Hill has signed a one-year, $5 million contract to join the Boston Red Sox, the team announced Wednesday.

Hill, an 18-year veteran who will be 42 next season, was a combined 7-8 with a 3.86 ERA for the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays last season in 158⅔ innings.

He was 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts for the contending Rays when they traded him to New York on July 23 for right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer.

The deal comes one day after the Red Sox reached agreement with fellow left-hander James Paxton on a one-year, $10 million contract with a two-year club option, a deal that was finalized on Wednesday. Paxton, 33, is recovering from Tommy John surgery and should be back pitching in 2022.