The San Diego Padres have become active as of late in hopes of securing World Series expectations for the 2021 season and beyond. On Monday, the front office executed a three-team trade that resulted in receiving starting pitcher Joe Musgrove. In the transaction, the New York Mets received pitcher Joey Lucchesi, while the Pittsburgh Pirates added five prospects to their roster.
With the move, Musgrove will join a rotation that includes other recent additions in Mike Clevinger, Blake Snell and Yu Darvish. While Clevinger recovers from an ongoing injury, other notable names include Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack. When asked about the possibility of joining San Diego, the California native was skeptical about his chances of being moved.
“To be able to play in my hometown at a time when the Padres arguably have never been better, it’s really exciting” Musgrove said.
Musgrove struggled during the 2020 shortened season, totaling a 1-5 record to go with a 3.86 ERA. Still, with 108 appearances across the last five seasons, he rounds out San Diego’s rotation very well.