Dodgers sign veteran lefty Paul Maholm
The Los Angeles Dodgers have added another arm to their already scintillating rotation – the left handed Paul Maholm, inked a one year $1.5 million deal with added incentives. He joins a rotation which is set to be: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, Dan Haren leaving Josh Beckett and Maholm to fight it out in spring training for the fifth spot.
Maholm in his eight year in the majors had a solid 2013 campaign with the Atlanta Braves. He compiled a 10-11 record with a 4.41 ERA in 153 innings with 105 strike outs, he had problems with his elbow in September preventing him from pitching in the post-season for the Braves and limiting him to 26 starts.
The deal came just one day after Bronson Arroyo signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arroyo was the Dodgers prime target, the durable, back of rotation starter would have been a perfect fit in LA, but Arroyo – who wanted a three year deal – was reportedly only offered a one year deal with the Dodgers.
As mentioned, he will challenge Josh Beckett for the fifth spot in spring training. Beckett suffered thoracic outlet syndrome, and the Dodgers pursuit of Maholm and Arroyo clearly conveying their worry over Beckett’s health. They also have Chad Billingsley, who is set to be ready in June after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Maholm had been linked to other teams such as the Texas Rangers – in order to fill the void left by the injured Derek Holland – but instead will move to Hollywood. With Maholm off the board now too, A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are all still left on the market, each with their own pros and cons. The Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates are still in search of starting pitching, and as we head closer to opening day, we should soon see them finding themselves a home for the 2014 season.