The Padres have added another starting mug to their rotation, this time with right-handed Joe Musgrove.
The team acquired the Grossmont High alumnus on Monday in a three-team deal that resulted in Joey Lucchesi going to the Mets and four more players going to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Padres sent relief pitcher David Bednar, outfielder Hudson Head (# 7), left-handed Omar Cruz (# 17), and right-handed Drake Fellows, selected in the sixth round in 2019, to Pittsburgh.
The Mets reportedly sent Endy Rodriguez to the pirates in exchange for Lucchesi.
The 28-year-old Musgrove had an ERA of 3.86 in eight starts last season and an ERA of 4.33 in five major seasons with the Astros (2016-17) and the Pirates (2018-20).
His 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings last season was a career high. His strike share of 33.1 percent finished 10th among the majors who had thrown at least 30 innings.
Musgrove will earn $ 4.45 million and will be under team control through 2022.
It’s the third starting mug the Padres have acquired this season, having traded for Blake Snell and Yu Darvish on consecutive days late last month. Snell and Darvish have contracts that run until ’23.
The trio is expected to finish in the top five along with Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack, with Adrián Morejón and MacKenzie Gore also battling for places.
Sources inside and outside the organization continue to claim that Lamet, who ended up with an elbow injury on the injured list last season, will be ready to play in spring training. However, they also say they can’t be sure it can hit 100 percent on opening day until it kicks off in the spring.
The addition of Musgrove increases Fangraphs’ WAR projection for the Padres rotation to 17.3, just behind the WAR projected by the Yankees at 17.4.
The 27-year-old Lucchesi started in 2018 and 19 with 56 starts for the Padres, most of them in the team. He recorded a 4.14 ERA and 2.15 whip over 293 2/3 innings in that time span, but made only two starts in 2020 and allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The 26-year-old Bednar played 13 games in the main league in 2019 and four in the 20s. He had 19 strikes in 17 1/3 innings.
The 19-year-old Head, a center fielder, was the organization’s runner-up outfield expert. The midfielder, who was drafted in the third round in 2019, spent the last season at the team’s alternative training ground. Cruz, 21, made 10 starts for Low-A Fort Wayne in 2019.