The Padres are trading their way to a championship rotation – The Athletic

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The Padres swung yet another trade for an established big-league starter, using the fruits of their deep farm system (which has become shallower this offseason) to acquire Joe Musgrove from Pittsburgh for five players, with one of those five then going to the Mets in a side trade that netted Pittsburgh a promising catching prospect too.

Musgrove has evolved substantially as a pitcher since the Astros first acquired him in the 10-player trade in 2012 that sent J.A. Happ to Toronto, and improved even more quickly when he went to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade in January 2018. He could always spin a breaking ball, but his four-seamer can still be too true, and until he got to Pittsburgh his changeup was an afterthought in his arsenal. It’s become a better pitch for him, enough that his platoon split, while still there, is modest enough for him to be a mid-rotation starter, although he may be best served as a twice-through-the-order guy in the same way Tampa Bay used…

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