BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox signed free agent lefties Rich Hill and James Paxton Wednesday night and bought out Milwaukee outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in a trade that sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers.
The wave of movement came just hours before the midnight baseball collective agreement expired, which ushered in a lockout and halted all transactions.
Hill, who pitched for the Rays and Mets last season, was awarded a one-year contract worth $ 5 million, and Paxton was signed for a year and $ 6 million with options to club and player who could keep him in Boston for a year or two.
The Red Sox have also received two minor leaguers from the Brewers, infielders David Hamilton and Alex Binelas.
Renfroe, 29, adds power to the Milwaukee roster after Avisail Garcia left for the Marlins and Eduardo Escobar went to the Mets in free agency. He will be part of an outfield for the Brewers that includes Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Tyrone Taylor.
In his one season in Boston, Renfroe reached career highs averaging 0.259, basing percentage 0.315, 89 points, 33 doubles and 96 RBIs. He is tied for the top of the major leagues with a career-high 16 assists.
Bradley, 31, played the first eight seasons of his career in Boston, establishing himself as one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. In 2018, when the Red Sox won a franchise record 108 games and the World Series, he was the MVP of the AL Championship Series.
A lifetime .230 hitter never known for his offense, he struggled even harder at home plate in Milwaukee, hitting .163 last season with six homers in 134 games.
Binelas is a 21-year-old third-round pick who produced .309 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in little minors last season. Hamilton, 24, has hit 0.258 eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 101 games in Class A and Double-A.