Dodgers, Padres discussing Maddux deal

The Dodgers are believed to be actively engaged in talks with the San Diego Padres about a potential trade that would bring veteran right-hander and certain future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux back to Los Angeles, although it isn’t clear how far those talks have progressed. There had been widespread speculation of such a possible move over the past several days, since news first surfaced that Maddux had cleared waivers following the July 31 trading deadline and thus became eligible to be traded through Aug. 31. But it isn’t believed that the clubs began earnestly discussing such a deal until sometime during the past 24 hours.
Maddux, 42, is in his 23rd major-league season and has won 353 games in his career. The Dodgers acquired him from the Chicago Cubs at the trading deadline in 2006, and he went 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 starts the rest of the way, helping the Dodgers capture the National League wild card.
Maddux became a free agent after that season and signed a one-year, $10 million contract with San Diego for 2007. He signed another one-year, $10 million contract with the Padres last winter.
Maddux has struggled this season, going 6-9 despite a 3.99 ERA. After beating Colorado on May 10, he didn’t win again until July 28, ending a span of 14 consecutive winless starts in which he was 0-5 with a 4.54 ERA.

  • Fire Ned Colletti Now

    So is the ESPN report that he has already been acquired, incorrect?

  • Tony Jackson

    Yes. It is incorrect, and so is the report on the L.A. Times web site. Now, those reports could be incorrect only in the most technical sense. From everything I have, it SOUNDS like the deal may have been agreed to in principle and is down to paperwork. But as of this moment, IT ISN’T DONE.

  • dumkopf

    He was great but at this time we have much better options in the bullpen and in the minors. Stick a fork in him…

  • Fire Ned Colletti Now

    Thanks, Tony.

  • KingErie

    Any word on what the Dodgers may be sending back if anything other then financial relief?

  • Buddy

    If Maddux can manage to pitch 6 effective innings per start, it’s worth the investment. I wonder if McCourt is willing to pay whatever is left of his salary as he has been unwilling to spend during the trading season due to Colletti’s incompetence. Hopefully, they won’t have to yield any quality talent to get this deal done.

  • bob_85364

    Give ’em Sweeney PLEASE!!

  • bob_85364

    Or better yet, give them Andruw “K” Jones

  • Mario DiLeo

    Tony, the last time you took a planned day “off” the Dodgers picked up Casey Blake…look what happened today…