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.