San Diego Padres: Joe Musgrove
Joe Musgrove is in the final season before entering free agency. The 29-year-old right hander should have an impressive campaign and, if so, could become a trade chip before the trade deadline.
In his first season with the San Diego Padres, Musgrove was 11-9 in 32 games. He threw a career high 181.1 innings, striking out a career high 203 batters. He had two complete game shutouts.
Musgrove uses his curveball and sliders to put-away batters. He also relies on a four-seam fastball, a cutter, a sinker and a changeup. About 43.5% of his pitches induce ground balls. The reliance on offspeed pitches allows for the pitcher to lean on the defense behind him.
Musgrove would be a fun addition to the Cardinals pitching staff. While the need may seem necessary with injuries, a pitcher like Musgrove probably wouldn’t be available until around the trade deadline … if it all!