January 18, 2021
The trading frenzy for the San Diego Padres strikes once again.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan broke the news that the Pittsburg Pirates traded starting pitcher Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres for a group of prospects.
The New York Mets also appear to be involved in the deal as lefty Joey Lucceshi is being dealt to the Mets, rather than Pittsburg. The Pirates flipped the left-handed pitcher to New York for prospect Endy Rodriguez.
Musgrove is a San Diego Native and attended Grossmont High School. Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, Musgrove decided to become a pro instead of attending San Diego State University. Musgrove was later traded to the Houston Astros, where he contributed to winning the 2017 World Series.
The 28-year-old owns a career 4.33 ERA with the Astros and Pirates. He issues a fastball, slider, changeup, cutter, and curveball in his arsenal. Musgrove likes to utilize all his pitches with his fastball leading the way, sitting around 92-93 mph.
Musgrove pitched his best season as a pro in 2020. His k/9 reached 12.48, over four points higher than his previous career-high at 8.30. His 3.86 ERA was also a career-low.
The Padres have yet to confirm the deal, as they await pending physicals. Musgrove will become a free agent after the end of the 2022 season.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) January 18, 2021
The San Diego Native already has thoughts on his return home.
Joe Musgrove said he thought chances were slim that he’d go to Padres after SD got Darvish and Snell earlier this offseason. “To be able to play in my hometown at a time when the Padres arguably have never been better, it’s really exciting.”
— RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) January 18, 2021
This trade puts the Padres starting rotation in a place it hasn’t been in years … ready to win it all.
Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Dinelson Lamet, Joe Musgrove, and Chris Paddack should make up the starting five. Ryan Weathers, Adrian Morejon, and MacKenzie Gore are also very close to starting this group. The Padres certainly have depth.