The Padres re-signed Greg Maddux to a one-year deal worth $10M. The deal includes a no-trade clause.
Maddux had an ERA of 4.14 in his first season with the Padres, his best mark since 2004, when he had an ERA of 4.02 with the Cubs.
“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.”
As Black clichéd-ly pointed out, Maddux’s value to the Padres might be unquantifiable, which I’m sure makes Brother Melvin happy. There’s been a lot of chitter-chatter about how his 6-or-7,000 years of wisdom were at least partially responsible for Jake’s to be-Cy Young award winning year. Assuming he’s having a similar effect on Young, we’re easily getting our $10M worth before he ever takes the mound.
It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a second half pitcher (first half: 4.27 ERA, second half: 3.97), given that Chris Young slows down (as all giants do) as the season goes on.
And he’s so good at teaching our young pitchers to use the slide step.