MLB Rumors: Padres Hope To Sign Pitcher To Extension

It was Joe Musgrove's time to shine on Sunday (and we don't mean his ears) in the San Diego Padres' 6-0 shutout of the New York Mets, to advance to the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But off the field, the Padres are turning their attention to another ace starter.

According to a report by Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, they're hoping to sign 36-year-old Yu Darvish to an extension. He'll be going into the final year of his contract next season, earning $18M. 

Darvish had another strong season in San Diego, going 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA along with a 197:37 K/BB ratio. And he was consistent, going at least six innings in 28 of his 30 starts, including his final 23 in a row.

The 5-time All-Star just completed his second regular season with the Padres; he has a 3.61 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 60 starts total.

He's seemingly pretty happy in Southern California, and would likely be open to talking about an extension if he's interested in pitching past his age-37 season.

“We have some good characters on this team,” he said. “It’s a fun clubhouse, and just given where I am with my career it’s a blessing to be in that clubhouse and have fun with those guys.”

Musgrove was signed to a 5-year, $100M extension earlier this season. But the Pads will watch three of their other starting pitchers enter free agency after this season: Mike ClevingerSean Manaea, and Nick Martinez.

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