SAN DIEGO — All-Star right-hander Joe Musgrove is set to receive 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 through the process, but I wouldn’t say it’s done,” Musgrove said after the Padres beat the Twins. Minnesota 10-1 Friday night.
Two people familiar with 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 done.
Musgrove said his agent made it “easy for me” by taking on the bulk of the negotiations during the season, “then we talk at night and go through what the options are, what does it look like, what would the numbers look like if we let’s get there, will it do it, won’t it do it?
“It was relatively easy. It was tiring,” added Musgrove. “I’m going to keep coming back to it and stuff. Constantly talking about it got a little tiring, but I got excited about it all. The more I pitch, the better I get. If a deal comes along the way, even better.”
The deal was first reported by the New York Post.
Musgrove would be the first pitcher in Padres history to win a $100 million contract, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Musgrove, coming off the first All-Star Game of his seven-year career, is 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA heading into his scheduled home start against the Twins on Saturday. He has a salary of $8,625,000 and was on track to be eligible for free agency after the World Series.
Both teams talked about the all-star game but couldn’t do anything.
“We didn’t have a lot of communication in those few days as we wanted, so we spent the next two days trying to catch up. The talks went very well. We certainly got a lot closer “, Musgrove said.
Musgrove grew up in the suburb of El Cajon and played at Grossmont High. He cemented himself in Padres lore when he threw the first no-hitter in franchise history in his second start for San Diego, Texas on April 9, 2021. It was on the 8 Team’s 206th regular season game.
He grew up as a Padres fan and his family once had subscriptions. He idolized Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007, and wears No. 44 in Peavy’s honor. When he was 18, he got a baseball tattoo with the Padres logo on it, along with his last name and the year he was born.
Musgrove was obtained from Pittsburgh on January 19, 2021, in a three-team trade. 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 five more years.
“When I got here, the thought of staying in San Diego was enough for me. Playing in my hometown, with my family here, my friends, experiencing all the things I dreamed of as a kid and experiencing that,” he explained. “But the more time I’ve spent here, the more people who are in the room and the staff and the growth that I’m doing here has become more important. So clutching people has made it more appealing than actually that’s my hometown.”
He specifically mentioned teammates Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., saying the idea of playing alongside these stars for the next five-plus years “is something that I was extremely drawn to.”
Padres manager Bob Melvin, who has lined up his rotation for Musgrove to start the home opener this year, said he would like to see the contract finalized “and everyone in the room as well. He became this guy for us, where he would be welcome not only for us and the players, but certainly also for the city.”
Musgrove was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 Entry Draft and traded to Houston in July 2012, making his big 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 the deal for Gerrit Cole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.