San Diego Padres, Joe Musgrove Strike $100 Million 5-Year Deal

SAN DIEGO — All-Star right-handed Joe Musgrove is about to receive a $100 million five-year contract from his hometown of San Diego Padres, starting next year.

“We’ve been on this for a while. We’re definitely as close as we’ve been throughout the process, but I wouldn’t say it’s done,” Musgrove said after the Padres left the Minnesota Twins 10-1 Friday night.

Two people with knowledge of the deal said before the game that it should be finalized in the coming days. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is not finalized.

Musgrove said his agent “made it easy” for me by taking the center of gravity of the negotiations during the season, “and then we talk at night and discuss what the options are, what it looks like, what the numbers would look like.” see, when we get there, is it going to do it, isn’t it going to do it?

“It was relatively easy. It was exhausting,” Musgrove added. “I keep talking about it and stuff. Talking about it constantly has gotten a little tiring, but I’m excited about the whole thing. The better I throw, the better I put myself in place. If a deal comes along the way, even better. “

The deal was first reported by the New York Post.

Musgrove would become the first pitcher in Padres history to earn a $100 million contract, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.

Musgrove, who is coming out of the first All-Star Game appearance of his seven-year career, is 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA en route to his scheduled home start against the Twins on Saturday. He has a salary of $8,625,000 and was on track to qualify for free agency after the World Series.

The two sides talked to the All-Star Game, but couldn’t get anything done.

“We didn’t communicate as much as we wanted in those few days, so we tried to catch up over the next few days. The conversations went really well. We definitely got a lot closer,” Musgrove said.

Musgrove grew up in the suburbs of El Cajon and played at Grossmont High. He dug himself into Padres lore when he pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history in just his second start for San Diego, in Texas on April 9, 2021. It was in the team’s 8,206th regular season game.

Growing up as a Padres fan, his family once had season tickets. He idolized Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2007 with the Padres, and wears number 44 in Peavy’s honor. When he was 18, he got a tattoo of a baseball with the Padres logo in it, along with his last name and the year he was born.

Musgrove was acquired from Pittsburgh on January 19, 2021 as part of a three-team transaction. He is 48-50 with a 3.83 ERA in his career.

Musgrove said it would be “very exciting” to stay in San Diego for another five years.

“When I first came here, just the idea of ​​staying in San Diego was enough for me. Playing in my hometown, with my family here, my friends, to experience all the things I dreamed of as a child and experience,” he explained. “But the longer I’ve spent here, the more it’s about the people in the room and the staff and the growth I’m going through here. So the grip of people has made it more appealing than the fact that it’s my hometown.” .”

He specifically mentioned teammates Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., saying the idea of ​​playing alongside those stars for the next five years “was something that really appealed to me.”

Padres manager Bob Melvin, who lined up his rotation so that Musgrove would start the home opener this year, said he’d like to see the contract finalized “and so would everyone in the room. He’s that man for us, where it would be welcome to us and the players, but certainly also to the city.”

Musgrove was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft and traded for Houston on his big league-debut with the Astros in July 2012. He took the win in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, which the Astros won in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros traded him to Pittsburgh in January 2018 as part of the deal for Gerrit Cole.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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