The Dodgers have finally poked their gamer noses above the .500 mark with a 4-0 win over the rival Giants, their first time with a winning record since May. Still, Ned Collletti wants more more more veteran performance from his team, so he's got his eye on San Diego Padres pitcher Greg Maddux. As per Tony Jackson, the move may hinge on finances:
The Dodgers are said to have some interest in Maddux, but acquiring him probably would make the Dodgers responsible for the remainder of Maddux's $10 million salary, which would come to about $3.3 million. Thus, a trade could depend on owner Frank McCourt's willingness to add to his payroll. But such a deal probably wouldn't require the Dodgers to give up a frontline big-league player or prospect because of the Padres' eagerness to unload Maddux.
Los Angeles has some good starters already: Chad Billingsley, Derek Lowe, Hiroki Kuroda, and Clayton Kershaw, with Jason Johnson as a spot starter for injured Brad Penny. One can never have enough pitchers, though, especially with Joe Torre's notorious bad luck with starting pitchers.