Cubs, Malholm Agree to 1-Year, $4.5 Million Deal – Wrigley Field 1/10/12

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Lou

The Cubs continue to tinker with their starting rotation – inking lefty Paul Maholm to a 1-year, $4.5 million deal.  The Cubs have a $6.5 club option for the 2013 MLB season or the Cubs can buy him out for $500,000.  Maholm has pitched 6+ seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates after being selected in the 1st round by the NL Central foe back in 2003.  He has a career 53-73 record with a 4.36 ERA.  Despite having a “down year” in 2011 – he went 6-14 – it was also the 1st time in his career where he completed a full season with a sub-par 4.00 ERA (3.66).  He is a sinkerball pitcher which could aid him in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field – he has allowed less than 1 HR per 9 innings for his entire career and he has also averaged just 13 HR’s allowed person during his career.

GM Jed Hoyer had this to say about Maholm – “Maholm is a ground ball pitcher and Volstad is a ground ball pitcher so that’s important.  It’s important to have a mixture on your staff.  You don’t want a staff of all ground ball guys or all fly ball guys.  You want to have pretty good diversity.”  Maholm and newly acquired Travis Wood will serve as the 2 two lefty starters on the Cubs 2012 rotation.  Hoyer went on to say – “I think we are very comfortable with the names we have.  You never know what is going to happen over the course of the winter and what is going to be available to us.  But what we said was that a huge priority was building depth.  We feel like we’ve really done that.”

These guys are going to turn the Cubs into World Series contenders, but they are nice innings-eaters and should keep the Cubs in ball games during the 2012 MLB season.  It won’t always be pretty, but it is what it is…

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