The amusement of a potential Maddux deal does not end there. August is usually the month for Ned Colletti to admit he screwed up at the trade deadline and didn't get what he needed (the Manny Ramirez defense fails miserably because he had nothing to do with that deal). Last August, Colletti claimed Tijuana native Esteban Loaiza from the A's and assumed $8 million in guaranteed salary. Loaiza rewarded Colletti's foresight by posting an 8.34 ERA. That brilliant move came a mere 5 days after Colletti signed David Wells, who posted a 5.12 ERA the rest of the year. Maddux is having a decent year in terms of his 4.17 ERA (5-8 record), but it makes metaphysical sense that once he dons a Dodgers uniform, his ERA will balloon to above 6 .
Also, Maddux is no fun unless Chipper Jones is there for him to call Larry.