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Greg Maddux

In 1993, Greg Maddux, RHP, came to the Atlanta Braves as a free agent. His full contract was for 5 years, $28 million (1993-97). Compared to recent deals, that seems low but at the time, it was a big deal.

In his first season he went 20-10, 2.36 ERA, 197 K, 5.8 WAR.

Maddux, who won the 1992 NL Cy Young Award with the Cubs, had competing offers to stay in Chicago or go to the Yankees, but he chose to sign with the Braves, whose pitching staff already had Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Steve Avery.

Maddux fit right in with the strong arms, leading the staff with a 2.36 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He won the second of what would end up being four straight NL Cy Young Awards in that first season in Atlanta.