The Braves offseason started out painfully slow, thanks in large part to the lockout, but it’s taken a swift turn for the better over the last couple of days. Losing Freddie Freeman stings, but trading for Matt Olson and then signing him to an eight-year extension is a huge win for Alex Anthopoulos, and he’s not done yet. According to the Braves’ official Twitter account, they have inked Colin McHugh to a two-year contract worth $10 million guaranteed.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 15, 2022
Like Olson, McHugh is another hometown product that went to Berry College. He began his career as a starter for the Houston Astros, even finishing eighth in the AL Cy Young race back in 2015. McHugh was moved to the bullpen during the 2018 season, and he’s been lights out ever since. In two of his last three seasons, he has finished with a sub-two ERA, including a 1.55 mark in 2021.
At 34-years-old, there is some tread on his tires, but McHugh should have plenty left in the tank to make this signing well worth it. His addition all but solidifies the Braves bullpen, which could be a strength of this team in 2022, especially if Kirby Yates is able to make his way back at some point later in the season.