The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has hired Greg Maddux as Special Assistant to the General Manager.  He has spent the past two seasons in a similar role with the Chicago Cubs.

"We're excited to add Greg to our group and look forward to him contributing to the development of our young pitchers," said Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels.  "He is considered by many to be an all-around bright baseball mind and should fit in well with our existing staff."

In his role with the Rangers, Maddux will be in uniform during spring training as an extra instructor for both the major and minor league staffs, along with visiting the club's farm affiliates during the regular season.  It is expected that Maddux will participate in the Fall Instructional League and in any minicamps the club conducts.

Maddux, 45, is the younger brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.  He officially retired and ended his playing career at the 2008 Baseball Winter Meetings in his hometown of Las Vegas.  He finished his career with a 355-227 record and a 3.16 ERA in 744 games/740 starts for Chicago-NL (1986-92, 2004-06), Atlanta (1993-2003), Los Angeles (2006, 2008), and San Diego (2007-08).  He won four Cy Young Awards in his career, all in consecutive years from 1992-95, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to win the award in four straight seasons.  The only other pitcher in to accomplish that feat was Randy Johnson, who won the Cy Young Award in four straight seasons from 1999-2002.  Maddux joins Roger Clemens (7), Johnson (5), and Steve Carlton (4) as the only pitchers in baseball history with at least four career Cy Young Awards.

Born in San Angelo, Texas, Maddux was an eight-time All-Star and won a major league-record 18 Gold Glove Awards.  He led the National League in ERA on four occasions, finishing second in that category in three other seasons.  He also led the senior circuit in victories on three occasions.  Maddux had 19 different seasons with 30-or-more starts, the second-most in baseball history behind only Hall of Famer Don Sutton (20).  He recorded at least 15 wins in a major league-record 18 different seasons.  He went 19-2 (.905) in the regular season with Atlanta in 1995, the highest single-season winning percentage ever by a pitcher with at least 20 decisions.  Atlanta went on to win its lone World Series title that year.

Maddux is scheduled to appear on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in late 2013, as he would be a candidate for induction in the Class of 2014.