Today the Dodgers finalized a trade for Greg Maddux. It was a no-brainer deal. Maddux had a no-trade clause and said he would only go to a west coast team. So the Padres’ options were limited to the Angels, who are the only team in the league that doesn’t need pitching, and the Dodgers, who just lost Brad Penny for the year and needed a fifth starter.
Maddux’s record isn’t impressive (6-9), but he’d have a few more wins if he weren’t playing for the offense-starved Padres. And just about all of his other numbers are good, like his 1.22 WHIP and 3.99 ERA. He doesn’t record many strikeouts, but he doesn’t walk guys either. He hasn’t given up more than three walks in a game this season. And he keeps the ball down – allowing nearly twice as many groundballs as flyballs.
Moreover, he’s hot. In his last three starts he’s given up 1 run, 2 runs, and 1 run.
So this really was a no-brainer. The Dodgers have acquired a good pitcher for cheap. Plus, L.A. fans get to watch one of the greatest pitchers of all time finish his career wearing blue and white.
Dodgers faithful, if trading for the traitorous Manny Ramirez left a sour taste in your mouth, this trade should go down easy.