The Red Sox pitching staff is short of depth, which led to an important addition for the organization.

It was announced Thursday morning that the Boston Red Sox have signed Collin McHugh to a one year deal. In a retroactive move, the club has designated reliever / spot starter Hector Velazquez for assignment.

CC’s Take:

If you’ve been following Sox Sphere’s offseason coverage of the Red Sox, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Sox pursued the veteran pitcher. McHugh provides plenty of versatility within the pitching staff having been utilized in a variety of roles by the Houston Astros over the past few seasons. He’s started, been a long reliever, and was a dominant one inning man throughout the postseason.

Given the current state of the Red Sox rotation, McHugh seems to fit the Swiss Army knife role that this club desperately needs. Whether he’s the long man following the opener, or the traditional starting pitcher, he’s a great late Spring Training find for Chaim Bloom and a veteran that comes with plenty of postseason experience and versatility.

McHugh posted a 4.70 ERA last season, but dealt with some arm issues. Additionally, he maintained a 2.67 ERA out of the bullpen. Prior to a down year, the veteran posted a 3.55 & 1.99 ERA respectively. Don’t worry about the “sign stealing scandal” or the relation to the Houston Astros with McHugh. This is a solid signing and one that Red Sox fans should get behind.

Whether Chris Sale is healthy for 2020, or not, McHugh figures to play a prominent role within the Red Sox organization this season.