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Maddux is back where he started

Greg Maddux returns to the Cubs, his original team, 11 wins shy of 300 for his career.

By Wire services
Published February 19, 2004

MESA, Ariz. - Bringing his career full circle, Greg Maddux is back home with the Cubs.

Maddux signed a $24-million, three-year deal Wednesday, returning to the team that gave him his start in the big leagues. His return delighted Cubs fans, his new teammates and Maddux himself.

"It's a privilege to have the chance to come back and play in Chicago," Maddux said at an evening news conference. "I spent nine great years here when I first started, and I never forgot that. I'm just glad this day has come again where I have chance to come back and finish where I started."

He'll also have an opportunity to earn his 300th career win while wearing a Cubs uniform. He needs 11 to reach the mark.

PUJOLS WINDFALL: Slugger Albert Pujols and the Cardinals avoided arbitration in a big way, agreeing on a $100-million, seven-year contract, the Associated Press reported. Last season's NL MVP runner-up was scheduled for a hearing Friday.

DODGERS: Catcher Todd Hundley won't join pitchers and catchers when camp opens today after having a setback while recovering from a second surgery on a herniated disc.

GIANTS: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski beat the team in arbitration and will get $3.5-million this season instead of the team's offer of $2.25-million.

REDS: Centerfielder Ken Griffey reported to camp in Sarasota, getting an early start in hopes his season won't come to another premature end. Griffey dislocated his right shoulder while diving for a fly ball in the first week of last season, then returned and tore a tendon in his right ankle. "If I could just get through April or May, I'll be all right," Griffey said.

YANKEES: Third baseman Aaron Boone had reconstructive surgery on his left knee and could miss the season.

[Last modified February 19, 2004, 02:00:25]


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