This comes from the Sun Times this morning:

The San Diego Padres reportedly are in the hunt for Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux, who would have to waive his no-trade clause to play for the National League West contenders.

Maddux lives in Las Vegas during the offseason and had talked about playing on the West Coast before signing with the Cubs in 2004.

The Cubs and Padres recently completed a swap of reliever Scott Williamson to San Diego for two pitching prospects. And the Padres have expressed interest in Maddux, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Well of course they’re looking at Maddux. After they fleeced un in the Williamson deal, who wouldn’t want to come back and see if it can be done twice. I don’t blame the Padres one bit for inquiring because according Hendry, the price is probably right.

I don’t know what to do with this rumor. We’ve heard a couple of teams mentioned in the Maddux sweepstakes, most of them out west. I’d love to see Maddux get himself a World Series before he retires. At this point, I think a deal is imminent and to be honest, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see it be OK by Maddux.

My Prediction: Atlanta calls their native son home for a last run at greatness. Maddux goes to the Braves, finishes out the year, and then signs on as Bobby Cox pitching coach in the spring. Once again, Atlanta gets what we want.

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