The MLB offseason can be a stressful time for players. A general manager's job is to add guys that are better than the ones on the roster, so in theory almost nobody's job is 100 percent safe.
On Tuesday, Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh decided to turn this stress around and have some fun with it in a response to a quote from his general manager Jeff Luhnow.
After winning the franchise's first World Series in 2017, the Astros fell to the Boston Red Sox in this year's ALCS and, like many contenders, are looking to upgrade their pitching staff to gear up for next year.
However, if you ask McHugh, Luhnow is wasting his time looking outside of the organization as he believes that he's an excellent candidate to improve his team's starting rotation.
~*~ out of the bullpen we rise ~*~ pic.twitter.com/FWkxVSLJsU— Aaron Chewning (@AaronChewning) November 7, 2018
After beginning his tenure in Houston as a successful starter, McHugh was used as a swiss army knife bullpen arm throughout the 2017 postseason. McHugh did so well in that role, that he was moved to the bullpen full-time and was dominant, posting a 1.99 ERA and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings across 58 appearances in 2018.
McHugh seems to believe that he can bring that kind of production to the Astros' rotation, and I can't blame him. Since joining the Astros in 2014, he is 48-28 with a 3.70 ERA as a starter.
With Lance McCullers Jr. out for 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, McHugh seems like he can be the team's best internal option to fill the vacant rotation spot. And the best part is, he won't cost the Astros any prospects or extra money.
Whether or not Luhnow saw the Tweet, he's probably already considering his 31-year-old righty.