The right-hander has somewhat become a jack-of-all-trades pitcher at this stage of his career as he’s proven capable of starting and relieving.
Over the last two seasons, McHugh has mostly been pitching out of the bullpen with a superb 2018 season highlighting his success there.
He very well might have had his best season as a major leaguer that season with an elite 1.99 ERA, 2.72 FIP, and 0.912 WHIP which was aided by a career-high 11.7 K/9 as compared to 2.6 BB/9.
In 2019, though, the Houston Astros pushed him back into the rotation with Lance McCullers Jr. out for the season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery and Charlie Morton leaving during the previous offseason to join the Tampa Bay Rays.
His 6.37 ERA in eight starts led the team to move him back to the bullpen where he looked much better over 27 appearances with a 2.67 ERA. His strikeout rate was notably higher as a reliever (10.7 K/9) than as a starter (9.2 K/9).
Well, the White Sox only really need him to be dominant as a reliever and given the 32-year-old’s success over the last two seasons in that role, there’s no reason for the team to not sign him.