09/30/08 2:20 PM ET
Maddux's gift keeps on giving
San Diego handed two top prospects with Dodgers in playoffs
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Because the Dodgers advanced to the playoffs, the Padres, as stipulated in the trade, receive two higher-profile Minor League prospects as compensation for trading Maddux to the Dodgers than had Los Angeles not made the playoffs.
The Padres have received 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Michael Watt and 20-year-old right-handed pitcher Eduardo Perez from Los Angeles, according to a baseball source.
Watt is considered the better of the two prospects. A second-round pick the 2007 First-Year Player Draft -- 86th overall out of Capistrano Valley High School -- has a deceptive delivery and a fastball that runs in the low 90s.
Watt, who turns 20 in February, pitched the entire season for short-season Ogden of the Pioneer League, going 9-4 record with a 4.35 ERA in 15 starts. He had 79 strikeouts over 80 2/3 innings with 21 walks.
Watt originally committed to play for Long Beach State, but he then signed with the Dodgers for a $389,000 signing bonus.
Perez, who turns 21 in February, signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2005. He spent almost all of the 2008 season with the Dodgers' entry in the Gulf Coast League, going 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 14 walks.
Maddux, who was 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 26 starts with the Padres, was traded to the Dodgers on Aug. 19. Maddux went 2-4 in seven starts after the trade with a 5.09 ERA.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.