After beginning his career as a starter with the New York Mets organization, Collin McHugh would struggle in the majors until he was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Astros prior to the 2014 offseason.
He would spend the next four seasons in the Astros starting rotation before transitioning into a bullpen role with some spot starts mixed in, where the right-hander would fashion a 3.63 ERA with 743 strikeouts and 219 walks through 195 outings, 110 of which were starts.
He would sign with the Boston Red Sox for the 2020 season but would opt out due to COVID-19 concerns, evnetually signing with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2021 campaign. This season, McHugh has been used in a spot start capacity and out of the bullpen, usually pitching 2.0 innings per outing and finishing the regular season with a 1.55 ERA through 64.0 innings with 74 strikeouts and 0.94 WHIP.
McHugh is once again a free agent this upcoming offseason and is coming off one of his best seasons in recent history. He did get roughed up in 2019 but also posted insane numbers in 2018, 1.99 ERA through 72.1 innings, and comes with veteran experience that could bode well for the Blue Jays in their bullpen.
He will most likely be looking for an upgrade from his $1.8 million dollar salary he signed with the Rays this year but could be an under the radar free agent given the other relief pitchers on the market this Winter.
Given his ability to start games and also pitch effectively out of the bullpen, McHugh is a potential option to upgrade the Jays bullpen if the price is right.