SAN DIEGO — All-Star right-hander Joe Musgrove is on the cusp of receiving a $100 million, five-year contract from his hometown San Diego Padres that will begin subsequent yr.
“We’ve been working on this factor for some time. We’re positively as shut as we have been all through the entire course of, however I would not say it is completed,” Musgrove mentioned after the Padres beat the Minnesota Twins 10- 1 Friday evening.
Two individuals with information of the deal mentioned earlier than the sport it must be finalized within the subsequent few days. The individuals spoke to The Associated Press on situation of anonymity as a result of the deal is not accomplished.
Musgrove mentioned his agent has “made it straightforward on me” by taking the brunt of the negotiations through the season, “after which we discuss at evening and we go over what the choices are, what it seems to be like, what the numbers would appear to be if we get there, is that going to do it, is it not going to do it?
“It’s been comparatively straightforward. It’s been tiring,” added Musgrove. “I’m going to proceed to go over it and stuff. Talking about it consistently has gotten somewhat tiring, however I’ve been enthusiastic about the entire thing. The higher I pitch, the higher place I put myself in. If a deal comes alongside the way in which, even higher.”
The deal was first reported by the New York Post.
Musgrove could be the primary pitcher in Padres historical past to earn a $100 million contract, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Information analysis.
Musgrove, coming off the primary All-Star Game look of his seven-year profession, is 8-3 with a 2.63 ERA heading into his scheduled dwelling begin towards the Twins on Saturday. He has an $8,625,000 wage and was on monitor to be eligible at no cost company after the World Series.
The two sides talked as much as the All-Star Game however weren’t in a position to get something completed.
“We did not get to have a lot communication over these couple of days like we needed to so we spent the subsequent couple of days attempting to make up some floor. Talks went actually good. We’ve positively bought lots nearer,” Musgrove mentioned.
Musgrove grew up in suburban El Cajon and performed at Grossmont High. He etched himself into Padres lore when he threw the primary no-hitter in franchise historical past in simply his second begin for San Diego, at Texas on April 9, 2021. It was within the crew’s 8,206th regular-season recreation.
He grew up a Padres fan and his household as soon as had season tickets. He idolized Jake Peavy, who received the NL Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007, and wears No. 44 in Peavy’s honor. When he was 18, he bought a tattoo of a baseball with the Padres’ emblem in it, alongside along with his final title and the yr he was born.
Musgrove was obtained from Pittsburgh on Jan. 19, 2021, as a part of a three-team commerce. He is 48-50 with a 3.83 ERA in his profession.
Musgrove mentioned it will be “very thrilling” to remain in San Diego for 5 extra years.
“When I first got here right here, simply the concept of staying in San Diego was sufficient for me. Playing in my hometown, with my household right here, my pals, to expertise all of the issues I dreamed of as a child and get to dwell that out ” he defined. “But the longer I’ve spent right here, it is change into extra in regards to the individuals which might be within the room and the employees and the expansion I’m making right here. So the clutch of individuals has made it extra interesting than the truth that it is my hometown .”
He talked about teammates Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. particularly, saying the concept of taking part in subsequent to these stars for the subsequent five-plus years “is one thing that was extraordinarily interesting to me.”
Padres supervisor Bob Melvin, who lined up his rotation so Musgrove would begin the house opener this yr, mentioned he’d like to see the contract finalized “and so would everyone within the room. He has change into that man for us, the place it will be welcome to not solely us and the gamers, however definitely town as effectively.”
Musgrove was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays within the first spherical of the 2011 beginner draft and traded to Houston in July 2012, making his large league debut with the Astros in 2016. He earned the victory in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, which the Astros received in seven video games towards the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros traded him to Pittsburgh in January 2018 as a part of the deal for Gerrit Cole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.