Maddux leaving Dodgers for one-year deal with Padres

Updated: December 13, 2006, 10:28 PM ET
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Greg Maddux finalized his $10 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, then hinted that there's really no end in sight to his long, successful career.

In a league of his own
Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux has won at least 10 games for 19 consecutive seasons. No other active pitcher can claim such consistent success.

Maddux 19
Mike Mussina 15
Tim Hudson 8
Javier Vazquez 7
Livan Hernandez 7

The four-time Cy Young Award winner made a quick trip from his offseason home in Las Vegas to take his physical -- which he passed -- and then appear at a news conference.

"Last year I felt as good as I've ever felt," said Maddux, who turns 41 on April 14. "I do like the game, I do like the competition, I do like wearing a major league shirt. I like the atmosphere, I like everything about it. I'm not ready to give it up.

"I feel like as long as I can locate my fastball and change speeds, I have a chance to keep pitching for a long time."

The deal 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 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.

Law's take
 Keith Law
Greg Maddux had a small resurgence in August and September when he moved to the pitcher-friendly NL West after getting the snot kicked out of him in his last three months in Chicago (posting a 5.77 ERA after his 5-0 April), so a move to San Diego, perhaps the best pitchers' park in baseball right now, makes a lot of sense for him.

To read more of Keith Law's analysis of the Greg Maddux deal, click here. Insider

"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.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.