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Cubs And Dodgers Reach Agreement On Maddux Trade

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have reached a tentative deal to trade Greg Maddux to the Dodgers.

The deal requires the commissioner's approval because it involves a cash transaction of more than $1 million going from the Cubs to the Dodgers.

ESPN is reporting that Cesar Izturis could be on his way to Chicago in the deal.

Via FOXsports.com


Dodgers Make Progress On Maddux Trade

Buster Olney is reporting that Dodgers are making progress on acquiring Greg Maddux from the Cubs.

The Padres are also in the running.

Via ESPN


Padres Deal For Todd Walker

The San Diego Padres have acquired infielder Todd Walker from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league pitching prospect Jose Ceda.

The left-handed Walker, who has hit everywhere he has been, could be a very good fit in Petco Park.

In 94 games with the Cubs this season, Walker is batting .277 with a .352 on-base percentage, six homers and 40 RBI. The Padres likely would use him at third base, a position Walker hasn't played regularly since early in his career in the mid-1990s, when Minnesota groomed him to play third because Chuck Knoblauch was their second baseman.

Walker has played second base full time since 1998, but with rookie Josh Barfield having a solid season at second, Walker likely would play third, perhaps fill in some at second and first base, and pinch-hit.

The Cubs are expected to pay most of what remains of Walker's $2.5 million salary for 2006. Walker is eligible for free-agency this winter. They would get a minor-league player in return.

Via CBS Sportsline


Dodgers Top Targets: Tejada And Maddux

The Dodgers' top targets remain Chicago Cubs starter Greg Maddux and Baltimore infielder Miguel Tejada, although the possibility of acquiring Tejada likely decreased this weekend when the Orioles shortstop said he did not want to move to third base, which would be where the Dodgers likely would prefer to play him.

Colletti remained steadfast that he would not part with top young players such as Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin and said the Dodgers don't necessarily need to make a trade in order to win.

"There's not a team in the division that feels like it can just run away with it," Colletti said. "If you play well, you have a chance to win games and get back into it. We have the players who can do it. If we can add to that, so much the better."

Via Los Angeles Daily News


Cooperstown, NY: Sutter Enters Hall

Bruce Sutter didn't leave baseball the way he wanted, booed relentlessly when injuries sapped his talent. That doesn't matter any more.

Eighteen years after he hung up his spikes for good, Sutter was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"I am in awe," said Sutter, who joined Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers and Dennis Eckersley as the only relief pitchers in the Hall. "I wish I could turn back the clock and play one more game.

Via AP


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