The Philadelphia Phillies' search for pitching took them to San Diego on Tuesday, where they inquired whether Greg Maddux would approve a deal. Maddux, who has full no-trade powers, nixed the idea when asked by the Padres.
|Greg Maddux isn't interested in pitching for Philly. (Getty Images)|
Maddux was given a sentimental standing ovation upon departing Monday's series opener against Arizona by Petco Park fans and uncharacteristically waved his cap to acknowledge them, both sides knowing that it could be his final appearance in a San Diego uniform.
The pitcher preferred not to discuss trade specifics, or speculation, on Tuesday. Characteristically, he said he's simply preparing for his next scheduled start, on Saturday against San Francisco.
The Padres, meanwhile, are operating under the philosophy that he would only approve a trade to a West Coast club -- and, so far, the Los Angeles Dodgers have not shown any interest. The Los Angeles Angels are one of the few contenders not seeking pitching.
Speaking generally, Maddux, in his inimitable style, quipped: "If I was 25 years old, single, had no family, no kids, I'd go play on the North Pole."
The Phillies, who already this month have acquired starter Joe Blanton from Oakland, continue to scrounge for pitching help. In addition to inquiring about Maddux's availability, they have been talking with Kansas City about reliever Ron Mahay, Baltimore regarding closer George Sherrill, Colorado about closer Brian Fuentes and Pittsburgh regarding lefty reliever John Grabow.
"They're not getting anything back as far as players," one NL executive said. "They're just interested in saving money."