Cubs Close To Deal With Paul Maholm

11:26am: The Cubs are close on Maholm, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

10:59am: The Cubs and free agent lefty Paul Maholm are trying to work out an agreement, tweets Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.  Maholm has been linked to several other suitors this offseason, but most have since added starters.

The Cubs' current projected rotation has Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Chris Volstad, Travis Wood, and Randy Wells, perhaps with Andy Sonnanstine and Casey Coleman in the mix for the fifth starter job.  In theory, signing Maholm could give the Cubs the depth to move Garza, even if Maholm is more of a back-end guy.


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110 Comments on "Cubs Close To Deal With Paul Maholm"


formerdraftpick
3 years 7 months ago

If at first they don’t succeed, try try again.

Friarfaith
3 years 7 months ago

What the heck is jed hoyer doin with the cubs… This is the worst roster ive seen in years at wrigley.

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

Fixing them.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

I guess you don’t miss Anthony Rizzo too much, huh?

michael hughes
3 years 7 months ago

Well they lost 91 games last year so how much worse could they get? There aren’t many teams with a lack of a lot of promising young players that can turn around and compete a year or two after nearly losing one hundred games. They’re changing the whole philosophy of the team so that they don’t wind up with albatrosses like Zambrano, Soriano, and Bradley anymore.

FNDomination
3 years 7 months ago

Yuck. If this means Garza is getting moved though, I guess I can stomach the suck of Paul Maholm. 

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, you’re being rough on him. He hardly sucks at all. He’s no ace, but he’ll be a really good 4-5 guy.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

He’ll fit in well with the other six 4/5 guys in the rotation.

3 years 7 months ago

CUbs can not and will not sing anyone until a spot on 40 man roster is open. this means Soriano, Byrd or Dempster must be traded for low level prospect in order to sign more FA…

3 years 7 months ago

I don’t agree…I’m sure they can find someone to designate if a Maholm deal gets finished now.

3 years 7 months ago

They might need to open one up for Kerry Wood too.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Sounds as if that’s not happening

3 years 7 months ago

You can do a lot worse than Paul Maholm.

bonds2425
3 years 7 months ago

But Paul maholm can’t do much worse then the cubs

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure he’d rather pitch for the Cubs than the Astros, Orioles, or Nippon Ham Fighters. 

bonds2425
3 years 7 months ago

highly doubtful. he’s probably going to toss in his sleep just thinking about why he’s not going to be living in texas or baltimore.

Adam D
3 years 7 months ago

Garza out, Tigers high level prospects in?  Yes, pls.

EightMileCats
3 years 7 months ago

Please no…
I like Garza, but I wouldn’t want to give up much more than Turner. Def not Turner

EightMileCats
3 years 7 months ago

Ugh
Def not Turner and Castellanos
I hate my phone sometimes

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

We’ll settle for Turner and Smyly.

EightMileCats
3 years 7 months ago

I still lean towards no myself… But I could see DD pulling the trigger on that.
I’d do Turner, Crosby, and Fields…
But i dunno

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

If you’re not giving up Turner, what about Porcello? 

Also, I think no matter what, if Garza goes to the Tigers, Castellanos comes back in the deal.

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think they’ll give up Castellanos no matter what.

EightMileCats
3 years 7 months ago

I’m not say I wouldn’t give up Turner.  I’m saying I wouldn’t give up Turner and Castellanos.  
I’d do Turner, Crosby/Oliver, and Fields or something similar.    

3 years 7 months ago

Maholm is a steady groundball pitcher, knows the NL Central, and should be a solid acquisition for Wrigley Field. 

Blue387
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve seen him pitch against the Mets. He would work best with a good defense and a big park like PETCO. The Pirates defense did not do him justice.

bigpat
3 years 7 months ago

Not a bad signing at all. He’s nothing special but has been miscast in Pittsburgh as a top 3 starter, if he’s a 4-5, you can do MUCH worse. 

3 years 7 months ago

This move doesn’t make ANY sense to me. The Cubs are going to be historically awful for at least next season… Why not just throw another kid out there to pitch? Why waste money on a vet that won’t be around to contribute when the team has success?

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

And with no farm system, which kid do you expect to pitch? The move makes perfect sense. Maholm will probably sign for 2 years max.

3 years 7 months ago

Just because the Cubs farm system is horrible, doesn’t mean players don’t exist. Pick a kid… any kid. Doesn’t really matter. The team will lose 100 games next year.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

Well, if we’re going to be hysterical, because management still wants to field a team that can prevent losing 100 games? It’s kinda bad business for your FO to publically state “yeah, we suck, so we’re going to fill holes with our AAA (not even deserving an extra A) players instead of signing someone capable.”

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

So you want to ruin whatever decent pitching prospects you do have by calling them up way too soon? You guys really would suck worse then.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

What decent prospect?  If they had one, the Cubs wouldn’t suck quite so bad.

That being said, I like the Maholm signing anyway.  Better to sign him and trade him if he has sucess.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

The Cubs have several good (not top-notch, but definitely good) pitching prospects. Jay Jackson, Trey McNutt, Dillon Maples, and Hayden Simpson are all potential Major League starters, with Jackson and McNutt likely to appear in the big leagues later this year. 

I get that you’re a hater, but everybody knows that a good hater at least does his research. Admittedly, there’s plenty to rip on about the Cubs (sigh…), but making blanket assumptions with no basis such as just makes you look childish.

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

Jay Jackson fell off a cliff and isn’t likely to see any time in the majors anytime soon unless he fixes his delivery.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

If McNutt appears in the big leagues this year, it’s likely going to be in the bullpen, not the rotation.  Unless he finally starts developing his changeup, he’s a waste in the starting rotation.

Beyond McNutt, I don’t see anyone else listed who’s likely to be a top of the rotation starter.  While 3-5 starters have value too, there are alot more of them available.

It’s all well and good to attack people who joke about your team, but please don’t assume that jokers don’t do research.  There is nothing in the story above that requires much research.  Maholm is a good signing if it happens (which you’ll note that I pointed out).

As to Steve Wilmoth’s original point, it is also valid.  The Cubs have plenty of wastes in their farm system who they can call up to pitch as well, to save money.  For me, I’d start Samardzija.  Either he has the potential to be a starter, or he doesn’t.  If he doesn’t, find out now.

jb226
3 years 7 months ago

There is more to consider than simply filling a roster spot with any warm body you can find, like the development of that pitcher himself.  Calling players up to the Majors before they are ready does not help anybody.  It hurts your team (“so what” in the Cubs’ case), it hurts the pitcher, it hurts any trade value the player might have otherwise had, and you save… a little money?  Nah.

Besides which, if Theo and Jed are smart–and I have no reason to believe they are not–they will shop players like this at the deadline, essentially turning money into prospects.  Contending teams can always use a solid lefty for the stretch run.  The return won’t be huge, but we’ve already established Maholm wouldn’t be blocking anybody and it is one of the few ways left that a big team can find a prospect advantage.  Why not?

3 years 7 months ago

The same reason I don’t think they should resign Wood. Unless it’s a multi-year deal.

sourbob
3 years 7 months ago

Because they have a bullpen to develop, too. And if they go with too many kids in the rotation, they’ll end up overworking their bullpen, which doesn’t help anything. You need some innings out of your starting five. Maholm is good for that, compared to kids anyway.

jammin502
3 years 7 months ago

Because the goal is to get these guys at a low cost and if they start the year off good, they can flip them for prospects in July.  If they don’t do very well then it was a low sunk cost.

jammin502
3 years 7 months ago

Because the goal is to get these guys at a low cost and if they start the year off good, they can flip them for prospects in July.  If they don’t do very well then it was a low sunk cost.

BD
3 years 7 months ago

Well, Maholm will be 30 this summer.  If they do get better in the next 2-3 years, the could still be around.  Because it could be a multi-year deal, or have some options, or at least they could give him a try and keep him.  Not saying it’s the move that saves the year, but it gives them depth and options.

rockfordone
3 years 7 months ago

Its called the trade deadline

scott brecht
3 years 7 months ago

so you want to bring the kids up, start their service time while they are in way over their heads and hit arbitration and free agency earlier, ask them to pitch 200 innings as a starter, probably twice as much as they have ever thrown?  might as well sign dusty baker to manage if that is your strategy.  

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

Look at the current farm system.  Are there any pitchers down there you’re afraid of losing a year earlier?

3 years 7 months ago

SMH

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Ha that’s a terrible rotation. No wonder why they won’t be going anywhere soon

BDLugz
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not nearly as bad as what we had last year with Rodrigo Lopez and James Russel taking our #4 and #5 starting spots due to injury.

aaron b
3 years 7 months ago

Luckily we make up for it with a historically bad offense. Methinks the goal is 120 losses this year.

3 years 7 months ago

cubs are already much better than they were last year.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

So Stewart is better than Ramirez?  Wood is better than Marshall?  They are going to improve the rotation when they trade Garza?  Volstad may remove the Zambrano headache, but he’s not as good of a pitcher.

The Cubs improved the back end of their rotation, but health alone would have done that.  Overall, they are worse than last year, especially if Garza is traded.

That being said, they weren’t likely to compete in 2012 anyway.  The Reds, Cardinals and Brewers all have much better teams right now.  This move, as with all others Theo has made, is targeting a couple of years down the road, when the Cubs farm is rebuilt and they start competing every year.

3 years 7 months ago

No I disagree. Wood will not be the 8th inning guy-he will be a starter.  Wood is better than their #4/5 starter last year, as is Volstad, as is Maholm.  Is Rizzo/LaHair better than Pena?  Prob. yes.  Is DeJesus better than Fukodome? Yes.  Stewart is a different kind of player and he’s cheaper than Ramirez.  He might not be better but per dollar of salary yes he’s better.  Is the bench better? Yes. The Cubs are already better.  They may not win the division but they will be much better than most ppl think.  More importantly they have a sustainable long term plan taking shape, but yeah they’re also better.  BTW Stewart is routinely near the league leaders in pitches per AB

3 years 7 months ago

stewart ranks high in pitches per ab.  Per dollar of salary yes he’s better than Ramirez.  Rizzo/LaHair>Pena (and cheaper); DeJesus>Fukudome; Bench better. Wood is a starter not a reliever; rotation better.  Cubs are much cheaper younger and gosh darnit, better

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

Better long term, yes.  Better in 2012?  Nope.  They’ll finish with a worse record in 2012 than in 2011.

kevintbach
3 years 7 months ago

I would like this for any team. SP depth is great to have.

I do agree that this move doesn’t change the 2012 outlook for the Cubs.

mondaymorninggm
3 years 7 months ago

o jesus, with garza gone that has to be the worst staff in all of baseball. can anyone think of anyone worse??

nycub
3 years 7 months ago

Cubs need this pitching depth. Hopefully it’s for the right price.

nycub
3 years 7 months ago

Cubs need this pitching depth. Hopefully it’s for the right price.

3 years 7 months ago

Maholm is a good person first and foremost, have some respect.
He’s put up some decent numbers against #1 starters with the Pirates, come on, give the guy some slack.  I wish the Pirates would resign him.

3 years 7 months ago

agreed. good era, good IPs

3 years 7 months ago

agreed. good era, good IPs

cachhubguy
3 years 7 months ago

Casey Coleman sucks and will never start for the Cubs again.

Funkhouser Jr.
3 years 7 months ago

From a strictly surface-level perspective, I like this move.  I think Maholm is a good #3 rotation pitcher.  However, this probably means Garza will be moved, which I’m a little unhappy about (unless we are able to bring in some high quality prospects).  Otherwise, our rotation would be: Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Travis Wood, Chris Volstad (with Randy Wells, Andy Sonnanstine and Casey Campbell on the outside looking in).  I like the depth (for now).

Mikey Roederer
3 years 7 months ago

Everyone says its Garza that is getting moved, but what about Dempster? He could be had I would think..I don’t know the status of a NTC or anything but if a team eats most of his salary and gives us a fringe prospect I would do it..that would open some more cash up this year for a Garza extension…

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

$14 million for a below average pitcher last year?  No team is going to “eat most of his salary”.  At best, the Cubs only have to eat $10 million or so, and even then the prospect in return would barely qualify as fringe.  Garza nets you two or three decent prospects (or two top prospects and two other good ones, if you believe Theo).

Bottom line- At this point, Garza has value, Dempster does not.  If he pitches well for the first few weeks, Dempster may get traded.  Right now, no one wants him.

tfsmag
3 years 7 months ago

Maholm wasn’t bad at all last year. His low ERA makes me think he’s a very good option for the back end of the rotation.

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

I agree, don’t bring up the young pitcher until their ready.

3 years 7 months ago

Not sure if this was brought up already but in a older post on this site Mr. Maholm is a 52.7% groundball pitcher, and last I checked the grass in Wrigley is very friendly to groundball pitchers…smart signing