Rays bolster pitching adding Hill and McHugh

The Tampa Bay Rays continue to add to their pitching staff as spring training approaches.

Last week, the Rays made it official to sign pitcher Chris Archer to a one-year 6.5 million dollar contract.

Last Month the Rays brought in Michal Wacha on a one year three million dollar contract.

Late Friday night, the Rays announced two signings. One had been in the works for a few weeks.

Rich Hill and Colin McHugh both came to term with the Rays on one-year deals.

The left-hander Rich Hill signed a one year 2.5 million dollar contract. Collin McHugh will 1.8 million on his one-year contract.

Hill will be an innings-eater as he can start and also pitch out of the bullpen. McHugh will join the rotation of Tyler Glasnow, Michael Wacha, Chris Archer, and Ryan Yarbrough.

The 40-year-old Hill will be embarking on his 17th season in MLB. Hill has been used as a starter the last few years with the Dodgers and the Twins.

Last year in the 60 game season, Hill went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA.

McHugh has also been a starter and has pitched out of the bullpen in his career with Houston. In 2019, McHugh did a bit of both.

McHugh had signed with Boston before the 2020 season. But with the shortened season, McHugh opted to work on his rehab from an elbow injury in 2019.

McHugh has a lifetime 58-35 record with a 3.63 ERA. Both pitchers will sign their contracts next week.

One thing the Rays have still not addressed is adding another bat in the middle of the lineup.

The Rays shaved 25 million dollars in salary with Blake Snell’s trade and not re-signing Charlie Morton.

In the last Month, the Rays have spent 13.8 million of that on the signing of four pitchers.

Pitchers and catchers will report this week, with the first exhibition game scheduled for February 28th.