Sense of currency helps realign stars

Originally Published: March 31, 2005
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

Greg Maddux is the smartest pitcher in the major leagues, building a 305-win career as much with his brain as with his right arm. When he reached free agency after 11 seasons with the Braves, he barely acknowledged the interest he received from the Yankees.

That's because his first priority was to stay in the National League.

Unable to sign Maddux, the Yankees eventually traded for Montreal ace Javier Vazquez. But he got beat around during the regular season and spent the historic ...

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