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A four-time Cy Young Award winner who won at least 13 games in each of the past 20 seasons, Maddux signed $10 million, one-year contracts with the Padres before each of the last two seasons. Maddux, who has a home south of Los Angeles in Orange County, agreed to waive the no-trade clause in his contract for the deal to be completed.
"I love Greg Maddux," said Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, a rookie on the 2006 team. "The thing about Greg, he keeps everything so simple. People like to make things more complicated than they need to be. You learn a lot the way he approaches the game."
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the injury to Penny played a role in the Dodgers' thinking, although he had spoken with Padres general manager Kevin Towers previously about Maddux.
"We've had people in the ballpark his last three starts," Colletti said. "He's pitched very well. He's got a chance to give us quality every time he goes out there. He know how to pitch, he knows how to attack a hitter."
Colletti said the Dodgers will pay a portion of Maddux's remaining salary of about $2.2 million, and the Padres would either choose two minor leaguers or cash as compensation by Oct. 15.
To make room for Maddux on their roster, the Dodgers optioned left-hander Eric Stults to Triple-A Las Vegas and moved right-hander Scott Proctor from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
Maddux became the latest addition in the last month to the much-improved Dodgers, joining outfielder Manny Ramirez and third baseman Casey Blake. They have had a losing record much of the season, but were 10-6 in August with six wins in their most recent seven games before Tuesday.
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