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Dodgers sign Paul Maholm to a $1.5 million Major League deal

Feb 8, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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There was some speculation earlier that the Dodgers and Paul Maholm were close to a deal, and now it’s official. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers have signed the lefty to a one-year Major League deal worth $1.5 million. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Maholm can up to as much as $6.5 million with incentives. Hernandez also reports that the Dodgers placed Scott Elbert on the 60-day disabled list to create room for Maholm on the 40-man roster.

Maholm was solid for the Braves last year, so it was odd that he went unsigned for this long. However, the negotiations for Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka slowed the market considerably, leaving prized arms like Matt Garza and Bronson Arroyo unsigned likely months longer than they otherwise would have been.

Maholm didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning of his fourth start of 2013. He also carried a 3.69 ERA through the end of June. However, he suffered a sprained left wrist shortly after the All-Star break, as well as elbow inflammation in early September, causing him to finish the season with a 4.41 ERA.

  1. NYTolstoy - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    So I’m guessing they might trade Beckett now? Either way Haren is a question mark and Billingsley isn’t ready to go till June if that. So it makes sense to go get some pitching depth and Malhom most likely will start this year for the Dodgers. And if that happens the dodgers will have 3 leftys as starters which you really don’t see in a 5 man rotation.

    • kingscourt25 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Kershaw’s not your normal lefty, so it doesn’t really matter

      • NYTolstoy - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        I don’t understand what you mean? But since we only have 2 arms (one being right another being left) he in that category is a lefty.

      • kingscourt25 - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        I’m not sure what you mean…?

        Kershaw is a lefty, but he’s tough on everyone. He can get both right handed and left handed out at basically the same rate. Who cares what hand he throws?

  2. tuberippin - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    “leaving prized arms like Matt Garza and Bronson Arroyo”

    I hope this was a facetious statement.

  3. jkaflagg - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Dodgers are becoming scary – tons of money plus a front office that continues to make savvy signings. 1.5 Million for a competent pitcher like Maholm is pretty good value for a guy who is basically an insurance policy in case Beckett and/or Billingsley aren’t ready or Haren falls apart…..

  4. Walk - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    It could go up past six million with incentives, which is still a steal as far as i am concerned. He is prone to giving up long fly balls but he was still a fun pitcher to watch work. I wonder if he might fill a long relief or swing role in la.

  5. kyleshabram - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    If I was a GM, I’d be so happy to have Maholm for 1.5 mil and 1 year, knowing Arroyo just signed for 2 yr, 22.5 mil.

    Well done, LA

  6. timmmah10 - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    1.5 mil? I would take a guy as effective as Maholm for 1.5 million any day. Even if he’s 80% as effective as Arroyo, he’s only 13% of the cost, and in the playoffs he’s not going to play (most likely) anyway.

    If he stays healthy, that’s going to be quite a valuable contract, and if they fall out of the playoffs by some random chance, that’s a friendly deal to trade away as a rental.

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