-The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets are the three teams mentioned as interested in Maholm.
-A few reports that the Pirates and Padres are close on a deal, although Dejan Kovacevic tweets that the two teams aren’t close to a deal.
-Dejan also reports that the Pirates are looking for a major league ready starter in return for Maholm. No word on whether that would be the key piece in the deal, or just an additional piece. Some options from those teams:
San Diego: Simon Castro was rated the #57 prospect in baseball prior to the 2010 season, and the number two prospect in the San Diego system. He’s 22, and playing in AA, so not exactly major league ready. Can touch 95-96 MPH, and while his biggest issue has been control, he’s been much better the last two years in that area. He’s the only guy close to major league ready who would have any value to the Pirates, considering their current AA rotation.
Los Angeles: John Ely has been in the majors a few times this year, and wouldn’t be a bad pickup, as long as he’s not the only guy in the deal. The Dodgers would be the ideal trade partner, as the top of their prospect list is loaded with pitching prospects, with a lot close to the majors.
NY Mets: The only pitchers of value are Jennry Mejia and Jonathon Niese, although each are producing in the majors for New York. The Pirates could have a chance if they also packaged a reliever, but overall the deal wouldn’t make sense.
It seems that the best option for the Pirates would be the Dodgers. Maybe we’re hearing so many Padres rumors for a reason today. Perhaps coming out of the Pirates camp to get the Dodgers to give up more for Maholm?