PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Pirates traded starter Joe Musgrove to the Padres Monday for four prospects and then exchanged a Padres pitcher for a Mets catcher.
The 28-year-old Musgrove was 1-5 last year with little run support for his 3.86 ERA. Musgrove was part of the Gerrit Cole trade and started 58 games for the Pirates with a 4.23 ERA and was expected to be a part of their future.
The return for the Pirates is outfielder Hudson Head, 26-year-old righty and Mars HS grad David Bednar, 21-year-old lefty pitcher Omar Cruz, 22-year-old right-hander Drake Fellows out of Vanderbilt and 20-year-old catcher Endy Rodriguez from the Mets.
Bednar drafted in the 35th round out of Lafayette College following his time at Mars High School. A righty reliever, Bednar has pitched in 17 games in the majors with a 6.75 ERA with 19 strikeouts to 7 walks. Bednar jumped from AA to the Majors in 2019.
Head, 19, is a lefty and third round pick in 2019. In one Rookie ball season, Head hit .283 with a .383 OBP with 7 doubles and a homer in 32 games.
Cruz has pitched two years in the minors, going 3-4 with a 2.38 ERA having yet to advance past A ball. Cruz struck out 138 over 98.1 innings with one home run allowed.
Fellows is 6’5”, 216 pounds and has yet to pitch in the minors after being a sixth round pick in 2019. In his last year at Vanderbilt, Fellows started 19 games, going 13-2 with a 4.09 ERA, 133 strikeouts in 116.2 innings with 47 walks. In the NCAA tournament, Fellows threw a 116-pitch complete game in a win over Ohio State.
The Mets sent 20-year-old switch-hitting catcher Endy Rodriguez to the Pirates for Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi, making it a 3-team trade. The switch-hitter has hit .276 in rookie ball with 4 homers and 20 doubles in 66 games and has thrown out 42% of the runners attempting to steal.