Maholm was at his highest value in early July, and no one wanted him traded.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a tough decision to make this off-season when it comes to Paul Maholm.  The left hander has an option for $9.75 M, with a $750 K buyout.  Coming in to the year, the option number seemed high, based on the results of Maholm's previous two years, in which he combined for a 4.76 ERA in 380 innings.  However, Maholm has been strong this year, with a 3.66 ERA in 162.1 innings.

A left hander who can throw around 200 innings a year, with a sub-4.00 ERA at the age of 30 is definitely worth $9.75 M.  In fact, that type of pitcher would at least command a three year, $30 M deal on the open market.  Unfortunately, it's not that simple with Maholm.

Maholm is currently on the disabled ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail