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Maddux's gift keeps on giving

Maddux's gift keeps on giving

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Greg Maddux's ability to help the Los Angeles Dodgers win the National League West Division has actually helped the Padres.

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.

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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.

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