Red Sox Sign Former Astros Swingman Collin McHugh to One-Year Deal

New Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh
New Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh / Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Even though Chris Sale reportedly won't undergo Tommy John surgery before the season begins, that doesn't solve any of Boston's myriad pitching problems.

Perhaps this bandage will at least stem the negative tide.

Following an injury-plagued 2019 season, the Red Sox are bringing in Collin McHugh to potentially start, potentially relieve, and likely do anything in between.

The corresponding move involves the inevitable DFA of Hector Velazquez, who's previously served the same role rather ineffectively in Beantown for the last few years, and was likely poised to soak up quite a few innings again this time around.

McHugh's 2019 was subpar -- in 35 appearances, and just eight starts, he posted a 4.70 ERA, though he whiffed 82 in 74.2 innings pitched. The year prior, though, he used his snapdragon curveball to whiff 94 in 72.1 innings pitched, allowing only 45 hits and maintaining a 1.99 ERA.

Which McHugh will show up? The spin rate darling or the one with the barking shoulder? Either way, very much worth a one-year flyer.