Pirates Haven’t Ruled Out Exercising Maholm’s Option

5:33PM: Pirates GM Neal Huntington still has not entirely ruled out exercising Maholm's option, writes MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.  The Bucs do not plan on paying Paul Maholm $9.75MM in 2012, but keeping the option in play leaves the door open to using the pitcher in a trade.

There is a limited window on the matter as teams typically have until five days after the conclusion of the World Series to officially decline or exercise club options.

3:05PM: The Pirates have decided to decline their 2012 option for Paul Maholm, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The 29-year-old left-hander would have cost $9.75MM in 2012, but Pittsburgh will opt for a $750K buyout instead.

Maholm told Biertempfel that he isn't discussing a deal with the Pirates now, but hasn't ruled anything out. The seven-year veteran says he wants to "see what's out there" in free agency and adds that he'll do what's best for his family.

Maholm posted a 3.66 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 162 2/3 innings in 2011. His numbers improved, but he missed the final six weeks of the season with a strained left shoulder. Draft pick compensation won't be an issue, since Maholm is an unranked free agent, according to our rankings.


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23 Comments on "Pirates Haven’t Ruled Out Exercising Maholm’s Option"


Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 10 months ago

sign him sandy! sign him!

Alex
3 years 10 months ago

Probably one of the least surprising moves of the offseason. No way was Maholm worth close on 10 million bucks. He’ll probably re-sign with the Bucs for a quarter of that.

3 years 10 months ago

He’s already a Yankee

With Morton’s injury and the way the starting rotation fell apart after the 19inning Atlanta loss this is a stupid move.  Oh well here’s to another 95+ loss season.  Nuttings are cheap!

icedrake523
3 years 10 months ago

Almost $10M for a guy who nearly gave up a hit to Billy Crystal? Definitely the right move for the Pirates.

3 years 10 months ago

i just looked at his stats, obviously throw win/loss record out, but his numbers are pretty good, $10 mil for the bucks is pretty good, i can see several teams talking to him

3 years 10 months ago

idiots.  Someones gonna Moneyball this guy for a 5th starter and be way better for it.

3 years 10 months ago

This would be a solid move for the Mets. Numbers remind me of Pelfrey though…on second thought…

Jimmy Pittman
3 years 10 months ago

The Reds should jump on him. Fellow Mississippi State alum Jeff Brantley would probably help him fine-tune his game and develop into a bonafide No.3 starter.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Well he’s worth keeping around… just no where near that price.

Jay
3 years 10 months ago

I’d love to see the Tigers at least make an offer for Maholm. They could use a lefty starter, and with Turner not quite ready for the rotation and (hopefully) Penny not returning, Maholm would make a lot of sense for them.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

In a completely unrelated matter… Did Ben Sheets even pitch in an independent league this year?

3 years 10 months ago

He is recovering from (another) elbow surgery, so no.

Danibal
Danibal
3 years 10 months ago

the Mets can use him as an ace if were comparing him to Pelfrey.

3 years 10 months ago

Welcome to San Diego.

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 10 months ago

9 millions for a pitcher with an era of 3 is a steal. Javy got 8 millions last year(i think)

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer
3 years 10 months ago

His ERA was closer to 4 than 3. Besides, ERA only tells half the story. He is not a 9+ million dollar pitcher, period.

3 years 10 months ago

as a perennial 2 WAR player who is kind of young, he actually could get ~ 9 million a year, 4.5 million per win is about right in FA.  That being said he won’t get 9 million, so is therefore a value

3 years 10 months ago

Orioles!! please???

3 years 10 months ago

The Oriloes could use any starting pitcher.I fell sorry for the O’s fans

jayrig5
3 years 10 months ago

If the price is right, he could be a fit with the Cubs. But it’s so hard to tell what they’re interested in, with a new GM…none of the beat writers/reporters have any idea, in my mind, what Theo (barring the deal collapsing, which would crush me) wants to do or what he thinks of the current roster.  So I don’t buy any of the rumors or stories out there right now about what the Cubs will do.

It will be interesting.

bigsweens38
3 years 10 months ago

he’ll probably sign a 3year/22.5 million dollar contract with a winner.  i feel bad for the guy,pretty decent pitcher,hard to get wins when your clean up hitter is a c/f who weighs 180.

3 years 10 months ago

why not bat him cleanup when he has the most homers on the team