Deadline Approaches

Maddux wants to help Cubs any way he can

With the trade deadline looming, veteran Greg Maddux might be moving from the Cubs to a West Division contender.

Maddux left Saturday's win over St. Louis in the seventh inning, and the Wrigley Field crowd gave him a standing ovation. He waved his cap to the crowd in case it was his last game as a Cub.

"I don't know what's going to happen, and I don't think any player wants to leave Chicago -- myself included," Maddux said. "It's a great place to play. A great ballpark. Great fans. Great city. Aside from how we're playing, there is nothing wrong with Chicago. It's a good place to be. I don't know what's going to happen, but I just wanted to say 'thank you' and let the fans know I appreciate it."

But if he has to leave ...

"Hey, I want to play here, but if (general manager Jim Hendry) gets the right players and wants to trade me -- who am I to say no? I want to do what's best for the team. I want to help the Cubs any way I can.

"I would like to do it by throwing first and by going second."

The 40-year-old Maddux, who has 327 wins and 29 playoff starts, said that even if he were dealt, he would consider returning to the Cubs in 2007.

"Why not? I've done it before," said Maddux, who began his career in Chicago before enjoying success with Atlanta before rejoining the Cubs in 2004. He is in the final year of a three-year deal.

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