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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

But does he do windows?

Braves fans will no doubt mourn the loss of Greg Maddux to the Cubs. Unquestionably, it's the right thing for the Braves. Maddux is a six-inning pitcher who just barely won fifteen games last year with super-huge run support from the best Braves offense since--well, ever. His questionable success in the upcoming year is just not worth the money for what is quickly becoming a mid-market team.

Most older players are over-valued in the market. Baseball Widow's general rule of thumb is that if you've heard of him, he's probably too expensive. And if he's already being called a hall-of-famer, he's really too expensive. So, where does that leave the Cubs and Maddux?

In a rare exception to Baseball Widow's rule, the Cubs might actually manage to get their money's worth. When you pay for Greg Maddux, you're not just paying for a pitcher. You're paying for his presence. The man has had eleven incredible years at Atlanta, under the tutelage of the amazing Leo Mazzone. He's been the consistent ace in the company of Tommy Glavine, Kevin Millwood, John Smoltz, Steve Avery, and Denny Neagle. He's got experience, he's got a work ethic. Let's face it, he's got luck, too. When the Cubs pay for Greg Maddux, they're paying for him to show a young rotation the way to greatness. He's a helluva an expensive pitching coach, but when's the last time Leo Mazzone threw six innings?

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