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MLBTR had a post yesterday that the Cubs are in negotiations with Paul Maholm for a spot in their 2012 rotation. Earlier in the offseason, the Pirates declined Maholm’s 2012 option for $9.75 million. Based on the market for pitchers like Chris Capuano (2 years, $10 million from the Dodgers), Bruce Chen (2 years, $9 million from the Royals), and Erik Bedard (1 year, $4.5 million from the Pirates), it appears that Maholm’s market has been roughly set.
Maholm would join a rotation currently in flux, as Matt Garza and Randy Wells are both being dangled in trade talks and Carlos Zambrano’s 2012 presence on the Cubs is not guaranteed either.
For his career, Maholm has pitched 64 innings in Wrigley, given up 73 hits, 13 walks, and struck out 35. He has a 5.48 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in the ballpark to go along with his 4.9 K/9 rate.
Will Maholm haunt the Pirates in 2012 with the Cubs?
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Thanks to the efforts of Brian Warecki (Sr. Director of Communications for the Pirates) and Tom Smith from Rumbunter, some of the main blogs and online magazines were able to interview some Pirate players and front office people on Friday night at Piratefest.
Joining Matt Bandi and I were Charlie and Vlad from Bucs Dugout, Tom from Rumbunter, Jon from The McEffect, and Brian from...
Kevin Goldstein's Top 11 Pirate prospects is posted today over at Baseball Prospectus, so as always it's interesting to check it out and see what outside minds have to say about the Pirates' system. Much of the article is under the paywall, though the rankings themselves are free. Goldstein gives the Pirates four five-star prospects this year, plus Starling Marte and...
Born on this date in 1959 was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Marvell Wynne, who was with the team from 1983 to 1985. He signed with the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 1978 then moved to the Mets in a 1981 trade. He was acquired by the Pirates from the Mets in a four player deal on June 14,1983 with Junior Ortiz going to New York in the deal. Wynne made his major league...
Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Friday and early Saturday:
Tiburones de La Guaira 8, Caribes de Anzoategui 4
A pair of 4-run innings gave the win to Los Tiburones. New Pirate Shairon Martis made the start for Los Tiburones, pitching 4 innings. He gave up 2 runs in the 2nd inning, on three singles and a walk. CF Gorkys Hernandez...
The Pirates saw what their new shortstop could do from across the diamond last season, and they are pleased that Clint Barmes, the former Houston Astro, is on their side now. "We played against him; you've seen what kind of glove he has," starting pitcher James McDonald said. "I was really excited we got him up the middle, strengthened that up."
Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:
Tiburones de La Guaira 4, Leones del Caracas 3
Los Leones’ solo home run in the top of the 9th got them within one run of Los Tiburones, but they could not get any closer. Armando Galarraga made the start for Los Leones and allowed one run in three of the first four...
On this date in 1960 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded three players to the Washington Senators for veteran pitcher Bobby Shantz. Just two days prior to the trade the Senators chose Shantz in the expansion draft off the Yankees roster. The Pirates sent pitcher Bennie Daniels, first baseman RC Stevens and utility fielder Harry Bright to Washington in the deal. The Pirates and Senators...
Forgettable as 2011 may have been, Pedro Alvarez intends to remember it all. The offensive skids. The injuries. The mental strains. The unfulfilled expectations and untapped potential. Yep, every bit of it.
Happy birthday to Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who turns 33 on December 17. Utley is looking to rebound from his most disappointing full season in the majors, as he posted just a .769 OPS and didn't play until May 23 due to an unusual knee injury.
Some news from around baseball as we head into the weekend...
Carlos Beltran has at least one offer worth $10MM...
In a post to Twitter, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Mets have talked with Jack Wilson and Ronny Cedeno about their infield opening.
More to come…