LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Greg Maddux has agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres that could pay him up to $20 million over two years.
The future Hall of Famer decided to leave Los Angeles when the Padres worked out a complicated deal that guarantees him $10 million for next season, with a $10 million team option for 2008.
If the Padres don't exercise that option, Maddux has a $6 million player option. That option increases to $7.5 million if he pitches 170 innings in 2007, $8.75 million if he pitches 185 innings and $10 million if he pitches 200 innings.
Maddux, a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, has long been a target of the Padres. While San Diego executives haven't liked this sky-high free-agent market, general manager Kevin Towers has long loved the idea of acquiring Maddux and has tried to do so several times.
Maddux, 15-14 overall last year, helped the Dodgers get into the playoffs by providing leadership and clutch pitching performances. L.A. was hoping to keep him on a one-year deal. It is believed the Cubs and Brewers also showed interest in Maddux this winter.
Maddux, who turns 41 on April 14, is 333-203 with a 3.07 ERA in his career. The right-hander split last season between the Cubs and Dodgers, going 15-14 with a 4.20 ERA.
His agent, Scott Boras, also had discussed Maddux returning to the Dodgers. The Padres and Dodgers finished with identical 88-74 records -- San Diego won the NL West and Los Angeles was the wild card.
With San Diego, Maddux would join a starting rotation headed by Jake Peavy that also includes Clay Hensley and Chris Young. Maddux lives in Las Vegas, making San Diego a relatively short commute.
Maddux adds a veteran presence to a relatively young rotation. Woody Williams left to sign with St. Louis and David Wells isn't sure whether he will play next year.
Maddux's win total last season would have led San Diego. He would be the second aging star in as many seasons signed by the Padres. Last year, they brought in Mike Piazza, who tied for second on the team with 22 homers.
Maddux spent his first seven big league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, then pitched for Atlanta from 1993-2003 before rejoining the Cubs. Chicago traded him to the Dodgers on July 31.