Braves sign RHP Collin McHugh

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves today signed RHP Collin McHugh to a two-year contract worth $10 million guaranteed, with a $6 million club option for 2024 that includes a $1 buyout. million bucks. He is expected to earn $4 million this season and $5 million in 2023. McHugh has agreed to donate 1% of his salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

McHugh, 34, pitched 37 games and made seven starts for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, going 6-1 and 1.55 ERA (11 ER/64.0 IP) with 74 strikeouts in stick and a stop. His 1.55 ERA was fourth-lowest at majors among pitchers with that many innings last season, and his 2.11 ERA as a reliever since 2018 is second-lowest at majors (min. 100.0 IP), right behind teammate Kirby Yates. McHugh ran a 23-run scoreless streak for Tampa Bay last season, tied for the fourth-longest such streak in franchise history.

McHugh, who bats and throws right-handed, is 64-44 and has a 3.77 ERA (362 ER/864.2 IP) in 247 career games, including 126 starts, and has pitched for the Mets (2012-’13), Rockies (’13), Astros (2014-’19) and Rays (’21) during a nine-year career at the majors. He finished eighth in voting for the 2015 AL Cy Young Award after going 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA for the Astros. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has thrown mostly relief since 2018, going 13-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 158.0 innings out of the bullpen during that span.

Originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 freshman draft, McHugh made his debut for the Mets in 2012 and totaled just 47.1 innings in the majors between 2012 and 2013. The Houston Astros acquired him before 2014, and he compiled an 11-9 record and 2.73 ERA in 25 starts that year to earn a fourth-place finish in rookie voting. year.

A resident of Atlanta, McHugh attended Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Georgia before attending Berry College.

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