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Rays near deal with pitcher Collin McHugh

The veteran right-hander had six solid seasons with the Astros, then sat out 2020 recovering from an elbow issue.
Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 27, 2014, in Houston.
Collin McHugh of the Houston Astros throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 27, 2014, in Houston. [ Times (2014) ]
Published Feb. 12

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are close to an agreement to sign free agent right-hander Collin McHugh.

McHugh, 33, had a solid six-year run with the Astros, posting a 58-35, 3.63 record, working primarily as a starter.

He signed with the Red Sox for 2020 but opted out after the pandemic pause interrupted his rehab from a 2019 flexor strain and an offseason procedure to clean out scar tissue in his elbow. He has since been cleared and has looked good in throwing for teams.

Assuming the one-year major-league deal is finalized, McHugh could be a valuable addition given his versatility and willingness to work out of the bullpen.

The Rays are set to open spring training next week in Port Charlotte.