The Padres seem to be making all of the moves this offseason, and their latest one grabs another notable arm for the bullpen.
On Monday afternoon, ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan broke the news that San Diego is acquiring right-hander Joe Musgrove from the Pirates in exchange for a large package of prospects, including center fielder Hudson Head. As of now, the deal is still pending medical reviews.
The trade for Musgrove is pending medical reviews, per sources, and will be sending a large package of prospects back to the Pirates. Hudson Head, a well-regarded center fielder, is expected to be among the group heading to Pittsburgh.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 18, 2021
The 28-year old Musgrove was originally a first-round pick by the Blue Jays back in 2011 where he chose to sign with the team instead of honoring his commitment to play at San Diego State University. In 2012, Musgrove was traded to the Astros where he eventually made his major league debut four years later on August 2 of the 2016 season. Coincidentally, it was against the team who drafted him. During the 2017 season, he was a part of the Astros squad that won the title, playing in four games.
In January of 2018, Musgrove signed with the Pirates. In one of the first games of the year against the Cardinals, he threw for 21 consecutive strikes, the most in a game since 1988.
In 2019, Musgrove finished the season with the worst lest-on-base percentage in the majors at 63.2%. This past season, he recorded a 1-5 record in eight starts with a 3.86 ERA and 55 strikeouts.