If Collin McHugh is healthy, he would make a great depth signing for the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox have a very good rotation right now. They will have the three-headed monster of Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance Lynn at the top of the rotation. Dylan Cease is most likely the number four and the number five spot is up for grabs. Michael Kopech might be the most talented pitcher in the organization but he hasn’t pitched since before having Tommy John surgery. They are probably going to let him start off slowly so another starter would be more than welcomed.
Reynaldo Lopez is probably better suited for the bullpen long term and Garrett Crochet might be a while away from being a full-time starter. That is why bringing in Collin McHugh is not a bad idea. He didn’t pitch in 2020 because he opted out of the season to continue recovering from his injury. He last played for the Houston Astros in 2019. He was a part of the team that won the World Series with them in 2017 as well.
We talked about that type of experience when talking about Jackie Bradley Jr. and the same thing applies to McHugh. He has familiarity with Dallas Keuchel as they were teammates on that World Series-winning team as well. If Kopech assumes the role as a full-time starter at any point, having McHugh in the bullpen wouldn’t hurt either. It is always nice to have extra bullpen arms that can also make emergency starts as well. If he is healthy and okay with never playing an actual game with the Boston Red Sox, this could be a smart destination for him.