SAN DIEGO – All-Star right-hander Joe Musgrove is on the cusp of securing a five-year, $100 million contract from his hometown San Diego Padres starting next year.
“We’ve been working on this thing 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 beat the Minnesota Twins 10-1 on Friday night.
Two people with knowledge of the deal said before the game that it should be completed in the next few days. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized.
Musgrove said his agent “made it easy for me” by taking on the brunt of the negotiations during the season, “and then we talk late into the night and talk about what the options are, what it looks like, what the numbers are going to look like. if we get there, it will work, won’t it work?
“It was relatively easy. It was exhausting,” Musgrove added. “I’m going to keep discussing this and stuff. It got a little tiresome to talk about it all the time, but I was delighted with it all. The better I present, the better I position myself. If the deal goes through, even better.”
The deal was first reported by the New York Post.
Musgrove, coming out of his first All-Star appearance in his seven-year career, is 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA ahead of a scheduled home start against the Twins on Saturday. He has a salary of $8,625,000 and was on his way to becoming free agency after the World Series.
Both sides discussed the All-Star Game but were unable to do anything.
“We didn’t have as much communication over those couple of days as we wanted, so we spent the next couple of days trying to catch up. The negotiations went very well. We’ve definitely gotten a lot closer,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove grew up in the suburb of El Cajon and played at Grossmont High. He made Padres history when he hit the first-ever no-hitter in franchise history on April 9, 2021, in just his second start for San Diego in Texas. It was in the team’s 8206th regular season game.
He grew up a Padres fan and his family once had season tickets. He idolizes Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007 and wears number 44 in honor of Peavy. When he was 18, he got a baseball tattoo with the Padres logo, as well as his last name and year of birth.
Musgrove was acquired from Pittsburgh on January 19, 2021, in a three-team deal. He is 48-50 with a 3.83 ERA in his career.
Musgrove said it would be “very interesting” to stay in San Diego for another five years.
“When I first came here, the thought of staying in San Diego was enough for me. Playing in my hometown, with my family here, with my friends, to experience all the things that I dreamed of as a child and bring it to life,” he explained. “But the longer I’m here, the more I think about the people that are in the room and the staff and the growth that I’m getting here. So the crowd of people made it more attractive than the fact that it’s my hometown.”
Padres manager Bob Melvin, who has scheduled his rotation to have Musgrove start at home this year, said he would like the contract to be completed “like everyone else in the room. He became for us the guy where we would be glad not only for us and the players, but, of course, for the city.”
Musgrove was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft and traded to the Houston Rockets in July 2012, making his major league debut with the Astros in 2016. He was victorious 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 a deal to Gerrit Cole.