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 ...

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