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UPDATE: Paul Maholm agrees to contract with Cubs

Jan 9, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Paul Maholm just indicated on his Twitter account that he has agreed to terms with the Cubs:

“Looking forward to seeing the fans at Cubs convention this weekend and getting to know all the guys. It’s gonna be fun.”

1:42 PM: Just days after trading Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins for Chris Volstad the Cubs are also “close” to adding Paul Maholm to the rotation, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Maholm was first linked to the Cubs a month ago and has been a popular name to speculate about as teams try to fill out their rotations with low-cost veterans.

He never developed as hoped for the Pirates, who cut Maholm loose rather than exercise his $9.75 million option, but he’s still just 29 years old and has generally been a solid mid-rotation starter despite a sub par strikeout rate.

Maholm makes up for the lack of missed bats by inducing lots of ground balls, allowing just 18 homers per 200 innings during his career. Of course, Maholm hasn’t actually thrown 200 innings since 2008 and missed the end of last season with shoulder problems, but for a modest one-year deal he’d be a worthwhile pickup.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Rotation? That Cubs “rotation” is going to spin like a dreydel with a Teflon™ tip. Like the revolving door to Donald Trump’s office. Like a Tasmanian devil with the Bolshoi. We need to start a contest to guess how many starters the Cubs are going to chew through this coming season.

    • virusgvr - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Lets set the O/U at 9.5 (5 of them already being in place)

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Props for using the ‘TM’, Gator.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Garza, Dempster, Maholm, Wood, Volstad is their rotation as of now. That’s pretty average…really not that bad.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    His ERA+ varies a lot, so he’s a bit volatile, but he’s worth $3-$4 million annually.

  3. riverace19 - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Pretty average placeholder for below-average price. GB% pretty high and xFIP around 4… that is what Theo is looking at.

  4. dan1111 - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Now he gets to face the Pirates. That should help.

  5. heyzeus143 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    cy young candidate if he signs anywhere else, it’s a pirate’s life

  6. heyzeus143 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    anywhere but Pittsburgh

  7. florida76 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    dan1111 and heyzeus143,

    Funny to see Cubs fans talking trash, I’m sure you enjoy rehashing the 1908 season. Wait, you can’t, since that was before your grandparents time. BTW, Bucs went 8-8 versus the Cubbies last year, and dominated Chicago head to head in 2010.

    • shorttracknews - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      And yet last year was their 19 consecutive losing season…shocking!!!

      • crashdog - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        And last year was the Cubs 103rd consecutive non-championship season. At least Bucco fans can REMEMBER the last time their team was relevant

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Making “1908” jokes about the Cubs = Saying “I’m unoriginal, and probably also a dunce.”

      • florida76 - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Any fan of a franchise with only two world titles, and no pennants since 1945 simply can’t talk smack about any other team. Unbelievable.

  8. hushbrother - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    *cough* who cares

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