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Pirates fielding inquiries on Paul Maholm

Posted on: July 30, 2010 4:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 9:07 pm
 

One day after adding veteran infielder Miguel Tejada, the first-place Padres are on a mission to add a starting pitcher and they're talking with the Pirates about acquiring left-hander Paul Maholm, a source with knowledge of the talks confirmed to CBSSports.com.

A handful of other clubs in search of pitching, including the Dodgers and Mets, are believed to be engaging the Pirates in talks as well. No deal appears close -- early Thursday evening, one source with knowledge of the talks described the Pirates-Padres conversations as "mild", while a second source described them as "less than mild."

The Padres lead the majors in pitching and are casting a wide net for another starter because they are concerned about running short during the stretch run. Youngsters Mat Latos and Wade LeBlanc each will be closing in on his career-high in professional innings pitched by September, and the Padres are watching that closely.

In a threadbare starting pitching market, Maholm is 6-9 with a 4.52 ERA in 21 starts for the Pirates this season, with 62 strikeouts and 45 walks in 125 1/3 innings.

One attractive facet of acquiring Maholm: He's signed through 2011, with a club option for 2012. He's due the pro-rated portion of his $4.5 million salary the rest of this summer and $5.75 million in 2011. The club option for 2012 is $9.75 million, or a $750,000 buyout.

As for the Pirates, one source with knowledge of their thinking says they are "not necessarily trading players to get young prospect back." In other words, the source said, their mission isn't to simply dump salary for three or four prospects. The Bucs are said to be looking for a major-league ready player in return -- either a player currently in the majors, or a high-level prospect. 

Comments

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:48 am
 

Pirates fielding inquiries on Paul Maholm

Anyone else think that Paul Maholm is ridiculously over paid? The only kind of "major league ready" the Pirates would recieve for Maholm would be of the utility type player. But given how badly some teams want/need pitching help someone will be willing to sacrafice a couple of prospects for a guy like Maholm...hell the White Sox gave up Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg for walk happy Edwin Jackson.

Though as a Braves fan I always find it funny when the Mets are trolling for low level starters.



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Pirates fielding inquiries on Paul Maholm

He's going to make well over $5 Mil and isn't worth it to Pittsbrugh. If Huntington gets a bag of balls for him, that's a lot, especilly since expectations of NH to wheddle anything from any team is so low. He should have traded Duke and Capps last year, but missed those opportunities. Now, won't get anything for the former and got nothing for the latter.

NH is part of the problem in Pittsburgh, btu far less so than their very cheap owner.





Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 7:36 pm
 

Pirates fielding inquiries on Paul Maholm

Oh...so true!!!!!



Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Pirates fielding inquiries on Paul Maholm

Of course the Pirates aren't looking to dump a salary. Thats just not their style. They are just looking to improve the team. If they trade Maholm the Bucs could pick up a top prospect and whoa watch out next year! Gotta admire the moves they have made the last 18 years.


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