LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made even more additions to their front office on Tuesday, hiring both Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez as special assistants to president Andrew Friedman and the entire baseball operations department.
The duo will help out in all aspects of baseball operations, the club says, including scouting, player development, and dealing with players in both the majors and minors.
Ibanez, who turns 44 in June, finished his playing career in 2014, then was a finalist for the Rays' managerial job last year before settling in as a television analyst for Fox Sports.
Maddux pitched for the Dodgers in 2006 and 2008, and made a huge impression in planing sessions with pitchers and catchers, as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times recalled in 2014:
Maddux ended his career throwing an 83-mph fastball, yet he could devise a successful game plan for pitchers with the big-time fastball and monster curve he never had.
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti recalled Maddux basically taking over scouting meetings and providing each pitcher with a custom plan to approach opposing hitters. Colletti watched in admiration as starting pitchers, generally creatures of silence on game day, sat with Maddux in the dugout and asked for help with that day's lineup.
"He's the smartest pitcher I've ever been around," Colletti said. "To me, he borders on a baseball genius. You knew you'd only see one or two guys like that in your whole life."
Despite their playing careers overlapping 13 years, including 12 seasons with interleague play, Maddux and Ibanez never faced each other in a game.