Multiple Teams Discussing Paul Maholm

SATURDAY, 1:44am: In a deal for Maholm, the Pirates want a starting pitcher who is ready to contribute, two high-ranking team sources told Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

FRIDAY, 8:23pm: The Dodgers and Pirates aren't necessarily close to a Maholm deal, but the sides believe there's a genuine possibility that a trade happens, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).

4:19pm: The Padres are not close to acquiring Maholm, according to Kovacevic (Twitter link).

3:46pm: The Dodgers and Padres are not the only clubs discussing deals with the Pirates, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (on Twitter). The Mets appear to be involved in discussions for Maholm, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports.

3:12pm: The two teams look close to a deal, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown (on Twitter).

3:10pm: The Padres are discussing Maholm with the Pirates, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports (on Twitter).

2:59: The Pirates are "close" to trading Maholm, according to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio (on Twitter). However, Tom Krasovic of AOL FanHouse hears that the Padres are not discussing a deal for Maholm (Twitter link). Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Buster Olney hears that the Padres are making progress on a Maholm deal (Twitter link).

2:36pm: The Padres are discussing Maholm with the Pirates, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

1:29pm: The Pirates are willing to trade a starting pitcher for the right price, GM Neal Huntington told Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Huntington referred to starters close to free agency, which implies Paul Maholm or Zach Duke.

Kovacevic figures Maholm to be more popular than Duke, since the latter spent time on the DL this year with an elbow strain.  Maholm is signed reasonably through next year with a club option for 2012, making him appealing to the Dodgers.  The Mets, Cardinals, Padres, Twins, and Tigers may also be in the hunt for a starter.


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106 Comments on "Multiple Teams Discussing Paul Maholm"


Infield Fly
5 years 1 month ago

Lovely. I can just hear the excitement in the Mets’ front office: “A deal like this is not likely to help us much. Let’s DO it!!”

bigpelflikesike123
5 years 1 month ago

I actually diagree… any trade for a starting pitcher would make me happy because it shows the front office cares (even though they obviously do not because they have literally sat back and done nothing while their two biggest rivals got infinitely better)

5 years 1 month ago

So does the pitcher in the upper left have a boner or what?

5 years 1 month ago

So does the pitcher in the upper left have a boner or what?

5 years 1 month ago

Paul Maholm or Zach Duke? now the trade deadline is heating up! montero for…

5 years 1 month ago

Well, everyone knew this for months… this is a slow deadline, or this wouldn’t be at the top for this long!

formerdraftpick
5 years 1 month ago

Duke would be perfect for Texas where he was born, raised, and still lives. Could there be a match? Oh yeah.

larjones
5 years 1 month ago

Maholm is MAYBE a 5th starter. Look at his stats. Walks too many, doesn’t miss enough bats……Brett Myers is the guy they needed. A solid #3 guy. Has been pitching very well this year. I don’t think they have the ammo to pull that off though.

mauerfan
5 years 1 month ago

Neither are appealing.

Stevo71
5 years 1 month ago

Rangers: Feldman and a prospect to the Pirates for Zach Duke. Just an idea. Could that work?

5 years 1 month ago

Are we really discussing Zach Duke and Paul Malholm at the trade deadline?!?! This isn’t the last round of a 12-team fantasy league draft!…is it?

mauerfan
5 years 1 month ago

I agree wholeheartedly.

Table
5 years 1 month ago

OMG, stop citing his 2012 option as an asset, it’s for 9 mill, that is a negative.

5 years 1 month ago

Maholm’s skill level is the biggest negative.

5 years 1 month ago

I’m not sure how you feel getting Maholm for 9 million is a negative. The past two years he’s been worth 2.8 and 3.2 WAR, which equates to salaries of 12.5 and 14.4 million dollars. Comparing him to someone just dealt for instance, he’s historically been a better pitcher than Edwin Jackson, and has been considerably better than him this year.

Just because his Win/Loss record isn’t outstanding doesn’t mean he doesn’t carry value. Thanks for your input though.

louis_09
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t understand how the $9m TEAM option is a negative. They very well may be able to extend him, throwing the option out the window.

I think the biggest problem the starting pitchers have in Pittsburgh is their coach, Joe Kerrigan. He’s terrible. I feel that either of these pitchers, if moved to a high quality club such as Texas, will be an asset. In Pittsburgh they get no coaching, and little defense or run support — that would hinder anyone.

5 years 1 month ago

Believe me, we aren’t looking at win/loss record.

But thanks for YOUR input.

5 years 1 month ago

Could you tell me what you are looking at then? Outside of the obvious “skill level” statistic that you seem to feel is his biggest negative.

All that I wanted to point out was that his 9 mill 2012 team option was certainly not a negative, unless he’s due for some severe regression over the next two seasons.

5 years 1 month ago

He’s a back end of the rotation starter, which the Dodgers have plenty of, guys they can use without trading away assets and who are cheaper than Maholm.

Career FIP, xFIP, and tERA in the 4’s, only 5.5 K/9 IP while walking 3 per 9. 1.43 career WHIP.

The Dodgers don’t need Maholm, who wouldn’t help much, if at all.

philsWSchamps
5 years 1 month ago

Rizzotti for either Duke or Maholm? Either would be better than Kendrick/Blanton as a 4th starter

Dylan
5 years 1 month ago

Blanton will be in the rotation regardless because of his contract…and Kendrick has proven himself even though he is not always consistent. What the Phillies need is a big arm in the bullpen to help them get through the late innings.

philsWSchamps
5 years 1 month ago

sorry but while I sadly agree about Blanton (he reminds me of Adam Eaton part 2) Kendrick is a really poor man’s Happ which pretty much makes him destitute when you compare him to other 4’s in possible playoff rotations.

5 years 1 month ago

The Phils don’t have a #4 in their playoff rotation. Doc will pitch on 3 days rest. Philly’s playoff rotation is Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt.

5 years 1 month ago

Yuck. No thank you.

Pittsburgh_Pirates
5 years 1 month ago

Yankees are looking like they want to get rid of Montero. Pirates would be more than happy to play him at first base in the future. Lets give them Dotel/Maholm/Duke and Carrasco for him.

louis_09
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t see the Yankees valuing what the Pirates have enough to trade Montero to them. Besides, no sense having Montero blocking Alvarez — if he doesn’t shape up (or shape down…literally), he’s going to find himself over at 1B in the near future.

Pittsburgh_Pirates
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah that is true. Though trading Dotel and someone else now would be smart since the Pirates dont plan on picking up his option next year..so why not stockpile top prospects. You have to admit if we had Montero and Alvarez on our corners, we would be pretty set for the future

5 years 1 month ago

ah, the ganja you’re smoking must be amazing. care to share?

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

I got 20 on it

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

I got 20 on it

TheLastPirateFan
5 years 1 month ago

Or just trade garrett jones instead

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Something like Keyvius Sampson and cash could get this deal done. I hope this deal gets done!!!!!!!!!!!

Beersy
5 years 1 month ago

I hope that Hoyer would not trade Sampson for Maholm. He is the clubs 3rd best pitching prospect and getting only 2 months out of Maholm just wouldn’t be worth it. Before you say it, the option will not be picked up for 9 million. I realize the Pirates aren’t giving him away, but that seems a little bit much for Maholm.

However if the Padres do acquire him I think Darren Balsley could probably help him alot.

louis_09
5 years 1 month ago

Beersy: the option is for 2012 — Maholm is under contract for 2011 as well.

Beersy
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the contract info. I still don’t see the 2012 option being picked up.

Beersy
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the contract info. I still don’t see the 2012 option being picked up.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Maholm is under contract for this year and next with a Club Option for ’12. I see what you are saying though, regardless, Sampson is good. Well as you said, a change of scenery and Darren Balsley might help Maholm.

Beersy
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks for filling me in on the contract. This deal may make even more sense now. With Garlands option almost for sure not being picked up, Maholm can take his spot in the rotation next year if this deal does get done.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 1 month ago

Well you got it. And you really don’t think Garland’s option won’t be picked up? If Maholm can make adjustments that Garland, Richard, and Latos made, they have a nice rotation

Beersy
5 years 1 month ago

Thanks for filling me in on the contract. This deal may make even more sense now. With Garlands option almost for sure not being picked up, Maholm can take his spot in the rotation next year if this deal does get done.

sdsuphilip
5 years 1 month ago

no way Pads trade Sampson for a 4rth/5th starter

Ian_Smell
5 years 1 month ago

If the Pirates could get Everth Cabrera, that would be amazing.

Tim Valencia
5 years 1 month ago

oooh that would be tempting if Cumberland didn’t just rack his leg

Beersy
5 years 1 month ago

I don’t think the Padres have given up on Cabrera just yet. He should be in AA or AAA this year if he hadn’t been a Rule 5 pick last year and preformed so well. He just needs a little time to iron things out. As for Cumberland, word is that he doesn’t project as a SS because of his arm. A double play combo of Cabrera and Cumberland 2 or 3 years down the road sounds all right though.

Devern Hansack
5 years 1 month ago

Even though Cabrera is struggling, he has significantly more upside than Ronny Cedeno. At this point, Roger Cedeno would probably be a better player than Ronny, despite checking in to Baltimore’s 2007 Spring Training at approximately 475 pounds.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

ya right they love him and he cost nada

5 years 1 month ago

the Padres have no reason to move Cabrera. They’d give up Zawadzki first

5 years 1 month ago

the Padres have no reason to move Cabrera. They’d give up Zawadzki first

marinest21
5 years 1 month ago

Can someone please take Allan Dykstra off the Padres’ hands?

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

Maholm for Matt Stairs straight up…. sounds about as likely as any trade from the Pirates for Cabrera

5 years 1 month ago

Do they seriously need another pitcher?? They already have one of the best staffs in baseball, not like this move would make them any better…possibly worse though.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

ya they do, take some pressure off the guys who have thrown alot of innings and Chris Youngs been out the whole year..so it would help. Plus the NL West has Alot Alot of left handed bats to face down the stretch

5 years 1 month ago

Cabrera go down to AAA, that’s for sure probably tonight.

bigpat
5 years 1 month ago

Pirates need to trade one of Maholm or Duke in my opinion. Maholm has some talent but is just so damn inconsistent. He goes 8-9 innings then gets bombed in his next game, and he’s been up and down his whole career. He and Duke are practically the same person. They need to really keep the ball down in order to have success, and need very good defense.

Paul might not be too bad in San Diego, and for him being inconsistent and pretty much average, he still has value as a young innings eater. Hopefully they will get a decent prospect for him. I’d say his value is equal to Capps if not greater.

5 years 1 month ago

hope they trade the mediocre twins maholm and duke
pick up some aaa+ prospects and spend the money on sp this offseason