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...

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