The San Diego Padres are adding yet another pitcher to their rotation, agreeing to bring right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a person familiar with the deal. Musgrove, who played at Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon, California, will join a rotation that includes Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, who were obtained in blockbuster trades after Christmas. Musgrove will head from a Pirates team that had the worst record in the majors during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season to a Padres club that ended a 13-year playoff drought and believes it can contend for the World Series title.
Reliever Pedro Baez can boost his 2022 option year salary and also his buyout as part of his $12.5 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros. Baez will receive a $500,000 signing bonus, payable on Feb. 28, as part of the deal finalized Friday. Houston has a $7.5 million option for 2023 with a $2 million buyout.
Liam Hendriks has a full no-trade provision through October in his $54 million, three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. Hendriks gets a $1 million signing bonus, payable this July 1, and salaries of $11 million this year, $13 million in 2022 and $14 million in 2023. The White Sox have an unusual $15 million option for 2024 with a $15 million buyout, and if the option is not exercised, the buyout would be due in 10 payments of $1.5 million each July 1 2024-33.