LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that they have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Greg Maddux and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres for two minor league players to be named later or cash considerations. The announcement was made by Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
“It’s very rare that you get the opportunity to add a pitcher like Greg even one time, let alone twice,” said Colletti. “He’s one of the greatest pitchers of all time and we’ve already seen what he can add to a team both on the field and in the clubhouse.”
Maddux, 42, is a four-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star. Earlier this season, he became just the ninth pitcher in Major League history to reach 350 victories in his career, as he currently is one win behind Roger Clemens for eighth place all-time.
He joined the Dodgers in 2006 and went 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch while helping Los Angeles earn a Wild Card berth. That marked his 12th postseason appearance, including nine consecutive years with the Braves from 1995-2003. He has twice helped Atlanta to the World Series, winning the championship in 1995. In 32 career playoff games, Maddux has a 3.34 ERA, including a 2.09 ERA in five World Series starts.
Last season, Maddux earned his 17th Rawlings Gold Glove Award, setting a new Major League record. He won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1990-2002 and four in a row awards in 2004-07. Maddux has led the league in victories three times and ERA four times.
In 26 starts this season, the right-hander is 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA. He recently surpassed Phil Niekro to break into the top 10 on the all-time strikeout list, as his 3,353 punch outs rank 10th in big league history and second among active pitchers behind Randy Johnson. Maddux has averaged just 1.80 walks per nine innings in his career, the third-lowest career mark among active big leaguers.
In his last three starts, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.89 ER (4 ER/19.0 IP) while striking out nine and walking just one batter.
From 1988-2004, he won 15 or more games each year, surpassing Cy Young (15 from 1891-1905) for the most consecutive 15-win seasons (17) in Major League history. He also has 20 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins, surpassing Young’s mark of 19 set from 1891-1909.
Maddux’s brother, Mike, played for the Dodgers in 1990 and 1999, making the duo the ninth pair of siblings in franchise history, joining Con and Ed Daily, Jim and Mickey Hughes, Ramon and Pedro Martinez, Dave and Steve Sax, Larry and Norm Sherry, Chris and Johnny Van Cuyk, Lloyd and Paul Waner and Zack and Mack Wheat.
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