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It looks like the Dodgers and Paul Maholm have a deal

Feb 8, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

If these tweets from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times are any indication, it looks like the Dodgers and free agent left-hander Paul Maholm have reached agreement on a contract:

The move comes less than 24 hours after Bronson Arroyo, another Dodgers target, agreed to a two-year contract with the Diamondbacks. While Maholm isn’t a big name, he’ll be useful insurance for the starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Dan Haren are locked into the first four spots, but Josh Beckett is no sure thing after thoracic outlet surgery and Chad Billingsley likely won’t be ready to return from Tommy John surgery until May or June.

Maholm, 31, posted a 4.41 ERA and 105/47 K/BB ratio over 153 innings with the Braves last season.

UPDATE: Hernandez surmises that it will be a minor league deal. This has the makings of a potential bargain.

  1. yordo - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    These clowns spend just to spend. Pretty sure Beckett and Billingsley won’t die during their rehabs.

    • kingscourt25 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      how does it feel to be a miserable asshole?

    • Professor Fate - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      yordo-
      Dying and being an effective starter are two very, very different things.

      The Dodgers’ willingness to spend for players, unlike the last pathetic excuse for an owner, resulted in a trip to the NLCS last year. The Dodgers are favored by many to go to a World Series. They need to stay healthy and/or have players that can step in and pick up the slack. If that’s your definition of a clown then maybe professional sports is too complicated for you.

      • yordo - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Their bullpen is already loaded, so they can’t move one of them there. They obviously have no trade value. They must be praying for a Kershaw injury to open up a spot.

  2. kyleshabram - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Good move by the Dodgers… Remember last year when the had the “surplus” of starting pitching??
    Yeah, that changed quickly. Smart to have a vet in the mix that isn’t coming of an injury.

    • jamaicanjasta - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      He did have wrist and elbow injuries last year; the wrist DL’d him for about a month and I think he missed a couple of starts right before the playoffs with a recurring elbow problems. Food for thought: He lost his playoff roster slot to Freddy Garcia. Even though Garcia did very well in his spot start opportunities, it speaks to the lack of confidence in Maholm’s health and overall effectiveness.

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