San Diego Padres sign All-Star Joe Musgrove for a 5-year, $100 million extension

SAN DIEGO – Joe Musgrove walked onto the podium in an oil green suit, with his family on the left side of the room and a small group of Padres to his right, including teammates Manny Machado and Jake Kronworth, as well as manager Bob Melvin and shooting coach Robin Nebla.

The great right-hand man from suburban El Cajon dreamed as a boy of playing for his hometown of Padres, which he achieved when they acquired him in a three-team deal in January 2021.

He has already etched his name into the lore of the franchise by casting the first no-hitter in Padres history, only in his second start. Now he has a new, $100 million, five-year contract that begins next year after completing it on Monday.

At some point this summer, it looked as if the deal wasn’t going to happen and that Musgrove might hit the free-agent market. But talks intensified after Musgrove launched his first All-Star career.

“It’s something both sides have been very confident in,” Musgrove said. “I really felt like they wanted me here. I think everyone knows I want to be here.”

Musgrove, 29, said he felt it was important to be with the Padres during the envisaged window of winning the world championship, especially to continue playing with superstars Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.

“Five years, you look out the window we have to win here,” Musgrove said. “I don’t know it was necessarily anything other than getting the right deal which felt fair in terms of money and time for both sides. Being part of a team with Mane and Tati for five years felt so important to me.”

Musgrove, who played at Grossmont High, is the first player in Padres history to win a $100 million contract, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. He threw the first player in series history in Texas on April 9, 2021. This was the team’s 8206 game in the regular season.

He grew up a Padres fan, and his family once had season tickets. He represented Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Padres in 2007, and wears No. 44 in Peavy’s honor. When he was 18, he got a baseball tattoo with the Padres logo on it, along with his last name and year of birth.

“I’m definitely excited to be here for just over two years,” he said. “There are some records that will be hard to achieve in two years. Putting myself in the record books as a starter would be great. I have some work to do. With five years, I have to get to it right away.”

There is “a little bit of a fear of going back here and going in front of all the people I know and in my hometown,” Musgrove said. “And that fear is a sense of motivation as well. It’s a little bit of extra motivation.”

Musgrove is 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA this season, with 114 strikes and only 27 walks in 18 starts. In seven big league seasons with Houston, Pittsburgh and San Diego, he was 48-51 with a 3.82 ERA. He earned the Astros victory in Game 5 of the 2017 World Championships.

“I feel like he’s been here his whole career and has exceeded our expectations,” said Badres general manager A.J. Briller. “I think that’s a big reason why we’re here today.”

Musgrove earned a salary of $8,625,000 and was on his way to being eligible for free agency after the world championships.

He gets $20 million annually from 2023 to 27, which is a full no-trade allowance until 2026 and in the final year of the deal he gets a limited no-trade clause allowing him to ban trade for 13 teams. However, that ruling will only matter if Musgrove is traded before then – if he stays with the Padres, he will have the right to veto deals starting halfway through the 2026 season as a 10-year veteran who has been with his team for at least five seasons.

In addition, Musgrove gets a hotel suite on road trips.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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