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Don’t Blame Paul Maholm

Don’t Blame Paul Maholm

“When you get to the end, you start to think about the beginning.” – Brad Pitt from Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Rumors are starting to swirl that Paul Maholm is being eyed by playoff contending teams as an addition at the July 31st deadline.  He is attractive because not only is he relatively dependable, a legitimate middle of the rotation pitcher, but he is also relatively cheap both this year (pro-rated portion of his $4.5M 2010 contract), and two subsequent years (under contract in 2011 for $5.75M, and a team option for $9.75M in 2012).

If Maholm is traded, what will his legacy be as a Pirate?  It’s my contention that he is the best pitcher the Pirates have had in the new millennium.  Admittedly, that is damning him with faint praise.

Maholm debuted on August 30, 2005 against the Milwaukee Brewers and pitched 8 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 runs, while giving up 3 walks and striking out 5.  It was a fantastic debut in the midst of Zach Duke’s unbelievable rookie season.  Those two, al...

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