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Maddux agrees to 1 year/$10M deal with Padres


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Greg Maddux and the San Diego Padres reached agreement Tuesday night on a $10 million, one-year contract.
The deal for the four-time Cy Young Award winner contains a $6 million player option for 2008. The price of the option would increase incrementally up to $10 million if Maddux pitches 200 innings.

Maddux, who turns 41 on April 14, is 333-203 with a 3.07 ERA in his career. The likely Hall of Famer split last season between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, going 15-14 with a 4.20 ERA.

His agent, Scott Boras, also had discussed Maddux returning to the Dodgers. The Padres and Dodgers finished with identical 88-74 records -- San Diego won the NL West and Los Angeles was the wild card.

With San Diego, Maddux joins a starting rotation headed by Jake Peavy that also includes Clay Hensley and Chris Young. Maddux lives in Las Vegas, making San Diego a relatively short commute.

"Southern California was always a place Greg wanted to play. He was very happy in LA last year," Boras said. "San Diego also has an environment for his family. His decisions are based primarily on his family.

"We had probably 10 teams that wanted a contract with him that were in venues that were probably too far for him -- his children are in school. Certainly the geographical issue for him at this time in his career is the most really prevalent in his decision-making," he said.

Maddux spent his first seven big league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, then pitched for Atlanta from 1993-2003 before rejoining the Cubs. Chicago traded him to the Dodgers on July 31.

Under the terms of the deal with San Diego, Maddux's option would increase to $7.5 million if he pitches 170 innings next year and $8.75 million if he pitches 185 innings.