Padres reportedly purchase Joe Musgrove from Pirates in Commerce

The San Diego Padres are continuing their busy off-season by trading for Pittsburgh Pirates, according to reports, starting pitcher Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove, a 28-year-old who posted a 2020 ERA of 3.86 for the minor pirates, is traveling to San Diego in a three-team deal to attract a number of prospects, including outfielder Hudson Head for the Pirates, reports Jeff Passan from ESPN. In the meantime, the Mets will take over left-handed Joey Lucchesi from San Diego, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The San Diego Padres agree on a deal to take over right-hander Joe Musgrove from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the sources told ESPN.

– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 18, 2021

Fresh from a breakout campaign, the Padres have already taken on Blake Snell and Yu Darvish this off-season to supplement their starting rotation.

Joe Musgrove is set to join the new rotation of the San Diego Padres. (AP Photo / Ron Schwane)

Musgrove is more supportive of his star-level talents, but he represents the depth the Padres need to compete with the lauded Los Angeles Dodgers. His results have been more solid than excellent, but he posted a career high of 33.1 percent in 2020, which may suggest a breakout potential.

With the Padres continuing to stock up on guns, the deal raises questions about Dinelson Lamet’s health. He had been the rising ace of the 2020 Padres but had missed the playoffs with an injury.

For the pirates, count this move as a new branch in the Gerrit Cole trade tree. Musgrove spent three seasons in Pittsburgh after finalizing the deal that saw Cole make his transformative move to the Houston Astros.

Head, the top lead on the way back to the Pirates, is a high profile 19-year-old midfielder who finished seventh on a loaded San Diego system. Dennis Lin from Athletic reports that the left-handed Omar Cruz also goes to the pirates. They also reportedly get the prospect of Endy Rodriguez, the prospect of Mets # 14 when New York lands Lucchesi as a rotation option.

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