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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, July 31, 2006
Dodgers - Acquired Maddux
Los Angeles Dodgers - Acquired P Greg Maddux from the Chicago Cubs for SS Cesar Izturis.
The Dodgers have Furcal signed for quite a while and also have Wilson Betemit on the roster. Izturis was the 3rd-best SS on the active roster and if Izturis isn’t a shortstop, he isn’t a major leaguer. No future with the Dodgers and unless he starts playing like it’s 2003 again, no future anywhere.
Well, except for the Cubs! The Cubs are too open-minded to subscribe to that recent baseball prejudice, favoring offensive players who have some kind of offensive value. Cedeno’s pretty much blown his shot, quitting after April (like everyone else on that team) and unlike Neifi Perez or others, will actually be held accountable for his lack of quality play. Izturis will, in the near future, be the Cubs starting shortstop and will either be a good comeback story or the latest eternally employed Cub joke. My money’s on the latter - 2003 remains the only time he was ever a good player.
Maddux has had an ERA over 5 each of the last 3 months after starting out 5-0, 1.35 this season, but his peripherals have been a bit better than that and he seems to have gotten caught up in the malaise that’s affected the entire team. Maddux is doing it with smoke and mirrors, but I expect him to have an ERA in the 4.20-4.50 range the rest of the way. That’s hardly a spectacular way to end a great career, but the Dodgers aren’t playing spectacular teams. Maybe the Dodgers will now give Hendrickson and Tomko guns with one bullet in the chamber and hope they get the hint?
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