SAN DIEGO Greg Maddux plans to pad his Hall of Fame credentials with the San Diego Padres next season, agreeing Monday to a $10 million, one-year deal.
Mad Dog has 347 wins, four Cy Young Awards and a World Series championship won in 1995 with the Atlanta Braves. He'll turn 42 on April 14.
"From my talks with Greg this year, he had as much fun this year as any other time in his career," Padres manager Bud Black said Monday night. "It's no surprise to us that he wants to continue. He loves to compete."
Maddux's return as San Diego's No. 3 starter appeared inevitable after he went 14-11 with a 4.14 ERA this year in his first season with the Padres, who fell one win short of their third straight playoff appearance. All that remained to be done was some dickering between the team and agent Scott Boras.
Maddux had a player option for $8.75 million. Had he pitched 200 innings he finished with 198 the option price would have increased to $10 million. In addition, San Diego had a club option for $11 million.
The pitcher made $10 million last season.
The new deal contains award bonuses, a no-trade clause and a suite on road trips, a person familiar with the contract said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Padres had not yet announced the agreement. The deal was first reported by ESPN.com.
"He's still a very successful pitcher," Black said. "He wins games. That's the primary thing that I think all of us look at. But also what he brings as far as stability, leadership, wisdom. Those are the intangibles that we notice inside the clubhouse that we feel is also a great attribute that Greg brings to the club."
Maddux reached 13 wins for the 20th consecutive season, passing Cy Young for the major league record. He had a streak of 59 2-3 innings without issuing a walk and continued to look every bit the 16-time Gold Glove winner that he is.
"I think more than anything he has a great knack, a great awareness of how to disrupt the hitters' timing," Black said. "He locates the ball on both sides of the plate and he changes speeds, which is fundamental pitching."
TORRE LATEST HEADLINER IN L.A.: Add Joe Torre's name to the Tinseltown marquee with David Beckham, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.
Torre was greeted as the Dodgers new manager on Monday by more than 30 television cameras and some 200 reporters watching the festivities held on a center-field stage.
It was the grandest introduction of a sports personality in the Los Angeles area in, well, some four months. David Beckham was presented with even more fanfare in July, complete with confetti cannons welcoming the English soccer star.
Torre, whose friends include Billy Crystal and David Letterman, has the star quality that would seem a fine fit for a team that plays in a city overlooked by the Hollywood sign.
He's no stranger to the area. He lived in Orange County when he was a broadcaster for the Angels in the early 1990s, but probably won't want to make that commute to Chavez Ravine.
Their 11-year-old daughter, Andrea, may not want her parents to live too far from Hollywood.
"I think she'll love it," Ali Torre said of the family's move to Los Angeles. "Actually, she wants to be an actress, so what better place to come?"
Torre said he and his wife already have been warmly welcomed back to the area, saying people out in public have told him welcome and good luck.
They have grown used to being in the public eye, particularly in recent days as Torre was deciding whether or not to return as Yankees manager.
"The last month in New York was very overwhelming," Ali Torre said. "It was not a pleasure. The celebrity aspect of it is a bit challenging. It does change your life in that you become more confined. You're not able to have that freedom and have relationships that you had in the past. So you're confined a little bit."
Jackson, who along with Bryant provides the star power for the Lakers, believes the Dodgers made a wise choice.