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 Lest...
This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a 40% discount on the 2017 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.