For the second time in two years, former Cub Greg Maddux, most recently of the Padres, has been traded to Los Angeles. No word yet on whom the Dodgers will be sending to San Diego to complete the deal for the future Hall of Famer, who was 6-9, 3.99 for a terrible Padres team.

Maddux's first move west happened back on July 31, 2006. With the Cubs languishing in 5th place in the NL Central at 43-62 and 15 1/2 games behind the first-place Cardinals, Jim Hendry gave the future Hall of Famer a chance to play a role in yet another pennant race. At the time, the Dodgers were 50-55, but just 5 games off the NL West lead then held by the Padres.

Maddux justified the deal by going 6-3, 3.60 over the season's final two months and helping to pitch Los Angeles into the playoffs, where they were dispatched in three straight NLDS games by the Mets. Mad Dog started the third and climactic game in that series, though he went just four innings and was hit hard.

In exchange for Maddux, the Cubs acquired shortstop Cesar Izturis, who was with the team for 12 days short of one calendar year and was terrible, eventually being shipped to the Pirates, before he joined the Cardinals this past off-season.


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