SAN DIEGO — All-star right-hander Joe Musgrove is close to landing a five-year, $100 million deal from his hometown San Diego Padres that would begin 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 by 10. 1 Friday evening.
Two people with knowledge of the deal said ahead of the game it should be finalized in the next few days. People spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is ongoing.
Musgrove said his agent “made it easy” for me by taking on the brunt of the negotiations during the season, “and then we talk at night and go through what the options are, what it’s looking like, what the numbers are like When we get there, that’ll be enough, won’t it?
“It was relatively easy. It was exhausting,” Musgrove added. “I’ll keep going through it and stuff. Talking about it all the time has gotten a little tiring, but I was hooked on the whole thing. The better I serve, the better I position myself. If a deal comes along, even better.”
The New York Post first reported on the deal.
Musgrove would become the first pitcher in Padres history to be awarded a $100 million contract, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.
Musgrove, who has made the first All-Star Game appearance of his seven-year career, is 8-3 and a 2.63 ERA heading into his scheduled home start on Saturday against the Twins. He has a salary of $8,625,000 and was on track to be eligible for free agency after the World Series.
The two sides talked to the All-Star Game but couldn’t get anything done.
“We couldn’t communicate as much as we wanted in those few days, so we spent the next few days gaining some ground. The talks went really well. We’ve definitely gotten a lot closer,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove grew up in the El Cajon suburb and played at Grossmont High. He etched himself into Padres history when he threw the first no-hitter in franchise history on April 9, 2021 in his second start for San Diego, Texas. It was the 8,206. team’s regular season game.
He grew up a Padres fan and his family once had season tickets. He idolized Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007 and wears the No. 44 in Peavy’s honor. When he was 18, he got a baseball tattooed with the Padres’ logo, along with his last name and the year he was born.
Musgrove was sourced from Pittsburgh on January 19, 2021 as part of 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 first came here, just the idea of staying in San Diego was enough for me. Playing in my hometown, being here with my family, my friends, doing all the things I dreamed of as a kid and living it out,” he explained. “But the longer I’ve been here, the more it’s possible about the people in the space and the staff and the growth that I’m making here. So the gathering of people made it more appealing than the fact that it’s my hometown.”
He specifically mentioned teammates Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. and said the idea of playing alongside those stars for the next five years is “something I’m extremely excited about.”
Padres manager Bob Melvin, who ordered his rotation so that Musgrove would start with the home opener this year, said he would love for the deal to go through, “and everyone in the room would too. He’s become that guy for us, where it would be welcome not only to us and the players, but certainly to the city.”
Musgrove was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft and was traded to Houston in July 2012, where he made his major league debut with the Astros in 2016. He earned the Game 5 win 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.