Padres, Musgrove nearing 5-year, $100M extension

Posted: 30/07/2022 in MLB
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Java Joe is staying home.

The San Diego Padres and Joe Musgrove are close to agreeing on a contract extension, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports. It’s expected that the deal, once finalized, will be worth $100 million over five years, sources told Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Musgrove is expected to take his physical in the next few days and an official announcement could come as soon as Monday, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 29-year-old, who grew up just a few miles from Petco Park in El Cajon, California, was scheduled to become a free agent this winter and would have been one of the top arms available.

A former first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Musgrove debuted with Houston in 2016, helping the Astros to a World Series title the following year before being dealt to Pittsburgh as part of a package for Gerrit Cole. Musgrove returned home when the Pirates traded him to San Diego for five players, including All-Star closer David Bednar, before the 2021 campaign.

Musgrove has emerged as an ace since joining the Padres, with this season standing out as his finest. Through his first 17 starts, he owns a 2.63 ERA, 3.22 FIP, and 0.99 WHIP with 106 strikeouts, which earned him his first All-Star berth. Last April, in just his second start with the club, he threw the 54-year-old franchise’s first-ever no-hitter.

He owns a 48-50 record with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and 774 strikeouts across parts of seven big-league seasons.

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