FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Collin McHugh had other teams interested in signing him this past winter, but when the Red Sox presented him with the opportunity to come to Boston, McHugh's mind was made up quickly.
"I mean, it's the Red Sox,'' McHugh said Friday, a day after agreeing to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Sox. "It's one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. I'm a huge baseball fan so for me, it was kind of a 'pinch me' moment to be able to look up and realize that you're playing for this team that's been around for so long and had so many great players come through.
"You see your jersey in your locker, and you start thinking of all the guys who have put that uniform on. For me, it's just a really great opportunity and I'm hoping I can make the most of it and help this team win some ballgames.''
As McHugh well knows, it will be a while before he accomplishes the latter. He missed the end of last season with a flexor tendon injury in his right elbow and underwent a procedure in December. He hasn't yet begun a throwing program, but believes that isn't far away.