Thomas Wolfe was Wrong. Welcome Back Greg!

In a deal that is pending league approval, Greg Maddux has been traded back to the Dodgers. The 42-year-old righthander pitched for the Padres the last two seasons after helping the Dodgers into the 2006 playoffs. According to rumors, the Dodgers will send a pair of players to San Diego, although no names have been mentioned as of yet.

Thomas Wolfe was wrong, you can come home again. Although "home" for Greg Maddux may be Atlanta where he won the bulk of his 350+ games. However, he does own a home in Orange County.

During 2008, Maddux has been a tough-luck 6-9 with 11 no-decisions and a 3.99 ERA for San Diego. He is expected to be available to start against the Rockies in the current home stand. Maddux waived his full no-trade clause to make the deal happen.

Maddux has 353 career wins, four Cy Young Awards and 17 Gold Gloves. He would join a rotation that includes Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley, Japanese rookie Hiroki Kuroda and 20-year-old rookie Clayton Kershaw.

Both General Manager Ned Colletti and Publicity Director Josh Rawitch said that the deal wasn't complete. Maddux, who is earning $10 million this season, cleared waivers earlier this month.

With opening-day starter Brad Penny back on the disabled list for the second time this season because of shoulder inflammation, the Dodgers' rotation is a man short and Manager Joe Torre said he did not expect Penny, who was sidelined for two months in his first stint on the DL, to pitch again this season.

When the Padres seemed to drop out of contention, he told them that he would accept only a deal to a contender on the West Coast, prompting talks between the Padres and Dodgers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Maddux, who has 353 career victories, has pitched well in his last three starts, posting a 2-1 record and 1.89 ERA in that span. In his last start, he dropped a decision to the Philadelphia Phillies even though he held them to a run and five hits over seven innings.

He has not been as effective away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park, where he has a 2.62 ERA. His road ERA is 5.75.

At the Trade Deadline in 2006, GM Ned Colletti sent infielder Cesar Izturis to the Cubs for the then-40-year-old Maddux, who nearly threw a no-hitter in his first game for the Dodgers. Maddux went 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA as the club reached the playoffs.

"He's not what he was when he was winning Cy Young Awards, but he'll still keep you in the game," Colletti said after the trade in 2006. "He's one of the smartest players I've ever been around. He'll figure out a way."

Maddux will be the Dodgers' third significant addition of the last month, the others being left fielder Manny Ramirez (.421 with six homers and 21 RBIs ) and third baseman Casey Blake.

The Dodgers will be paying at least a part of the remaining portion of Maddux's contract, making him the first of four trade acquisitions this season whose entire salary isn't being picked up by his former club.

Accounting for the home park factor, Maddux has been roughly league-average this season as he was the year before. In 2006 Maddux was roughly league-average until the Dodgers acquired him at the end of July. After joining the Dodgers, Maddux pitched brilliantly for two months, dropping his ERA from 4.69 with the Cubs to 3.30 with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers defense should help him and he would probably replace Chan Ho Park as the fifth starter, although he has a sparkling 2.16 ERA in five starts this season.

Maddux became a free agent after the 2006 season and signed a one-year, $10 million contract with San Diego for 2007. He signed another one-year, $10 million contract with the Padres last winter.

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