Pirates Interested in Paul Maholm

As per Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago (via MLB Trade Rumors), the Pirates and Royals are both interested in Paul Maholm of the Chicago Cubs.  The left-handed Maholm needs no introduction as he pitched in Pittsburgh from 2005-2011 with moderate success.  In 2012, the 30-year-old Maholm has a triple slash line of 4.09 ERA/4.22 FIP/4.25 xFIP, as stable a line as you are likely to see.  He has 1.2 WAR to date and is on track for his typical 2 WAR season.

Maholm is owed just under $2M for the remainder of the season and has a club option in 2013 for $6.5M.  His remaining salary and his modest production would only preclude the trade of a C-grade pitching prospect, unless the Cubs were to eat his salary to upgrade the offer.

Coupled with the news that the Pirates also inquired about Jon Lester and Jason Vargas, both LHP’s themselves, it certainly seems as if Erik Bedard’s spot in the one they are looking to upgrade.  With the Pirates heavily scouting the Diamondbacks (Justin Upton, Stephen Drew), it would not be surprising if Joe Saunders is also on their radar.

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  • Lee Young

    Please, God, NO!!

    • buccotime57
      • Lee Young

        ROFL

    • Thom Kay

      I don’t want to see Bedard replaced. He’ll get it back. He’s a good pitcher.

      Though I’d be fine with having Maholm again. Maholm would not be worth the $9M+ it would have cost to keep him, but he’s a mid to bottom of the rotation guy. He’s basically the same pitcher as Jason Vargas. Not a big upgrade, but I trust him to be solid.

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    Gee, the Pirates could have kept him originally, for nothing more than cold hard cash. Bring him back, can’t have enough pitching.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      The cash required to keep Maholm ($9.75M) was more than he was worth, especially as determined by what he ended up signing for.

      • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

        Winning is worth more than anything. We’ve waited long enough.

        • 12_Dr

          what? its not about money or waiting. its about being smart with your roster and not overpaying. We took maholms would be cash and gave it to Burnett. AND we have cash to burn at trade deadline.

  • salempirate

    LOL….the more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Pirates haven’t been linked to Liriano….yet.

  • http://twitter.com/VRRCards VRR Cards

    Maholm is no better than any of the Indy lefties and might not be as good. So why bother?

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