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Calculating trade value: Paul Maholm edition

Calculating trade value: Paul Maholm edition

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The July 31st trade deadline is just a few days away, yet things are mostly quiet on the Pittsburgh front. After wheeling and dealing at the past two deadlines, general manager Neal Huntington has few veterans left to unload in 2010. That being said, there are still potential moves to consider and assets to examine. Let's start by evaluating the trade value of Paul Maholm.

Maholm's name has popped up in connection with the Dodgers. With little to no starting pitching at the major league level, the Bucs cannot be eager to deal the dependable and affordable Maholm. Of course, as shown by last year's Nate McLouth trade, Huntington is not one to shy away from bold and unpopular moves if he likes the return. If the Pirates were to trade Maholm, what should they expect in return?

First, let's look at Maholm's salary commitment. The southpaw is due about $1.5 million for the final two months of the season and $5.75 million in 2011. He also has a $9.75 millio...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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