08/18/08 10:05 PM ET
Dodgers close to deal for Maddux
Trade would bring 353-game winner from the Padres
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
With Brad Penny back on the disabled list, the Dodgers were close to acquiring the 42-year-old Maddux on Monday for two Minor League players to be named, although a club spokesman quoted Colletti as saying the deal was not complete.
Maddux is a tough-luck 6-9 with 11 no-decisions and a 3.99 ERA for San Diego. Penny's spot in the rotation comes up again on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Maddux earns $10 million this season and had told the Padres the only club for which he would waive his no-trade clause would be the Dodgers, because he wanted to remain close to his Orange County home.
Maddux has 353 career wins, four Cy Young Awards and 17 Gold Gloves. He would join a rotation that includes Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley, Japanese rookie Hiroki Kuroda and 20-year-old rookie Clayton Kershaw.
Colletti has a long history with Maddux from their days with the Chicago Cubs, when Maddux was just starting his career. At the Trade Deadline in 2006, Colletti sent infielder Cesar Izturis to the Cubs for the then-40-year-old Maddux, who nearly threw a no-hitter in his first game for the Dodgers. Maddux went 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA as the club reached the playoffs.
"He's not what he was when he was winning Cy Young Awards, but he'll still keep you in the game," Colletti said two years ago. "He's one of the smartest players I've ever been around. He'll figure out a way."
Even at his age, Maddux is not only considered an upgrade on the mound for a pressure-packed final six weeks, but an undisputed leader in the clubhouse. Lowe often talks about the positive effect Maddux had on him that year. Lowe went 8-1 over the final two months of that season and hasn't had a similar run since.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.