The San Diego Padres today signed four-time Cy Young Award winner (1992-95) and eight-time All-Star Greg Maddux to a one-year contract with a player/club option for 2008.
"The addition of a pitcher of the caliber of Greg Maddux will strengthen what is clearly a young, solid starting core already in place with Jake Peavy, Chris Young and Clay Hensley," said Towers. "Maddux is certain to contribute on the mound, in the dugout and in the clubhouse."
Maddux split the 2006 season between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, combining for a 15-14 record with a 4.20 ERA (98 ER/210.0 IP) in 34 starts. After opening the season in Chicago, the 40-year-old was acquired along with cash considerations by the Dodgers in exchange for infielder Cesar Izturis on July 31. Maddux went 6-3 in 12 starts for Los Angeles, posting a 3.30 ERA (27 ER/73.2 IP). Following the 2006 campaign, he was honored with his 16th Rawlings Gold Glove Award, tying Jim Kaat for the most Gold Gloves won by a pitcher or any other fielder.
"I have had a desire to play in San Diego for a number of years," said Maddux. "It is an ideal setting for my family and my baseball career."
The 21-year veteran is the 22nd pitcher in Major League history to reach the 300-win plateau and currently ranks 10th all-time with 333 wins. Maddux's 3,169 strikeouts rank 12th on the all-time list and third among active hurlers (Roger Clemens, 4,604 and Randy Johnson, 4,544). He also places second among active pitchers with 4,616.1 innings of work (Clemens, 4,817.2).
Maddux is the first pitcher in Major League history to win at least 15 games in 17 consecutive seasons, accomplishing the feat from 1988-2004. In addition, his 15-14 mark in 2006 gave him 19 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins, equaling Cy Young's mark set from 1891-1909.
Over parts of 21 Major League seasons with the Cubs (1986-1992, 2004-06), Atlanta Braves (1993-2003), and Dodgers (2006), Maddux is 333-203 with a 3.07 ERA (1574 ER/4616.1 IP), 108 complete games and 35 shutouts in 677 games (673 starts). His career ERA ranks second among active pitchers with at least 1,500.0 innings pitched behind Pedro Martinez (2.81).
Maddux has appeared in the postseason 12 times, including nine consecutive years with the Braves from 1995-2003. He helped Atlanta secure three World Series berths, winning the championship in 1995. In 32 career playoff games, Maddux is 11-14 with a 3.34 ERA (72 ER/194.0 IP), including a 2.09 ERA in five World Series starts.
Maddux's notable accomplishments:
• His 333 career victories are second among active pitchers behind only Roger Clemens (348).
• He was the first pitcher to be named the Cy Young Award winner in four straight seasons, winning the award each year from 1992-95. He was a unanimous selection in 1994 and 1995, joining Sandy Koufax as the only hurlers to accomplish that feat.
• He has won at least 15 games on 18 occasions, tying Cy Young's mark for the most 15-win seasons.
• Maddux, who passed Bob Gibson on the all-time strikeout list in 2006, is one of just 14 hurlers to surpass the 3,000-strikeout mark.
• He pitched 210.0 innings in 2006 and has now recorded at least 199.0 innings of work every season since 1988, including a career high 268.0 innings pitched in 1992 with the Cubs.
• Maddux made 30 starts last year for the 17th season, tying him for the fifth highest total in Major League history.
• The right-hander has won 16 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, including 13 consecutive awards from 1990-2002 and in each of the past three seasons since 2004. Maddux did not make an error in 66 total chances last year, turning nine double plays to set the all-time record for double plays by a pitcher (89).
• He has led the league in ERA on four occasions.
• Maddux has won 76 games since the start of the 2002 season, the seventh most during that span.