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Paul Maholm: Trade or Extend?

Paul Maholm: Trade or Extend?

Player A: 3.71 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9

Player B: 4.44 ERA, 5.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9

Player C: 3.77 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 86.0 IP

Player D: 6.25 ERA, 4.8 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 99.1 IP

Player E: 3.12 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 89.1 IP

What do all of the above players have in common?  Spoiler alert: they're all Paul Maholm.

Player A is the 2008 version of Paul Maholm, putting up the 3.71 ERA in 206.1 innings, which earned him a three year extension and an option year with the Pirates.  Player B is Maholm in 2009, the year after signing the extension.  Player C is Maholm in 2010, through 14 starts, the same amount of starts he currently has in 2011.  Player D is Maholm in the remainder of his starts during the 2010 season.  Player E is his performance to date in 2011.

Should the Pirates extend Maholm, or trade him?

The big question today is whether to extend Maholm, or trade him at the deadline.  This topic follows Maholm's seven shutout innings last night against the Mets, which f...

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