Times have certainly changed in San Diego in regards to the Padres.
The same franchise that flat-out refused to once sign hometown hero Adrian Gonzalez (Eastlake High School) to an extension, signed Joe Musgrove (Grossmont High School) to a five-year contract. The value of the deal is $100 million as Musgrove took a bit of a hometown discount. The right-handed pitcher probably would have received more on the open market. Former Astros teammate Charlie Morton is earning the same amount per year, at $20 million. At the same time, pitchers like Madison Bumgarner ($23 million per year) and Zack Wheeler ($26 million) make significantly more per season.
A year and a half ago, Joe Musgrove came home. Today, he ensures he’ll be staying right at home in San Diego for the long haul.https://t.co/yUWoTx0lIJ
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 1, 2022
Obviously, staying home meant a great deal to Musgrove. He has become a hometown hero and a fan favorite.
For the Padres, they keep their ace as Musgrove has pitched brilliantly in his time in San Diego. He threw the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise, and that immediately endeared him to the entire fanbase.
The two sides had been talking throughout the year and finally came to an agreement over the last few days.
Joe Musgrove $100M, 5-year deal with Padres is done. He stays in San Diego!
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2022
Musgrove has been San Diego’s best starting pitcher since 2021. In 50 games in a Padres uniform, he owns a 2.97 ERA, a 129 ERA+, and 9.6 strikeouts-per-nine-innings.
This contract will keep him in a Padres uniform, and in his hometown, through the 2027 season. Over that time, the Padres are expected to be in contention for a World Series. Musgrove will be right in the thick of that as the assumed ace and workhorse of the staff.
Beginning next year, Musgrove will be the highest-paid pitcher on the Padres’ roster and second-highest paid player behind Manny Machado.