Maddux returns to the Dodgers

So, this was unexpected: Greg Maddux is returning to the Dodgers, who suddenly seem to be serious about winning the NL West so they can get swept in the first round of the playoffs:

The Dodgers reacquired Maddux from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, getting the future Hall of Famer and cash for two minor leaguers to be named or cash.

“It’s nice to be back,” Maddux said with a smile. “Last to first. It’s pretty cool. One off day and I make up 16 games, so I’m excited.”

I’m excited too, because the Dodgers can’t seem to stop stranding runners, and recently the bullpen seems to be more focused on throwing batting practice to opposing teams than preserving those rare and slim Dodger leads. This team needs pitching, and adding one of the greatest players to ever step onto the field is a great place to start.

3 thoughts on “Maddux returns to the Dodgers”

  1. Getting swept in the first round? Hasn’t that been the Padres bag of tricks the last couple of years?

    I’m actually a huge Padres fan, and I’m excited for Greg. All the sports talk show guys were up in arms yesterday – how could we help the Dodgers win the division?

    Give it up. It’s not like the Padres are going to win anything this year. So, hopefully the Padres got a couple of good players out of the deal (or some cash), and the Dodgers and Maddux can do something this year.

    Maddux is a hall of famer, and a fantastic pitcher. I don’t know how much he has left in the tank (if the Dodgers can’t score him some runs, he’ll have the same problem he had in San Diego). But, he’s a great pitcher, and he deserves to be on a winning team. That certainly wasn’t happening in San Diego.

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