Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Picimg_pittsburgh_pirates_vs_702e

Everyone has been waiting for weeks for the Cubs to trade Matt Garza and now... they still have to wait.  What they don't have to wait for is the Cubs to replace Garza in the rotation as they look to have lined up his replacement by signing free agent pitcher Paul Maholm today.

Financial terms of the deal have not been released yet, but this definitely looks like a smart move for the rebuilding Cubs.  Maholm may not be anything special, but he has his uses.  Not only is the 29-year old coming off a season in which he posted a 3.66 ERA and had been a reliable innings horse up until this season when he suffered a shoulder strain in August.  Even with that DL trip, Maholm still managed to pitch 162.1 innings, the lowest total of his career.  At a minimum, the Cubs are getting someone who can eat up some innings for them, which is important for a rebuilding team that doesn't want to burn out younger arms.

But it isn't just about innings, Maholm is actually a sneaky good pitcher.  He doesn't miss many bats, but he generates plenty of grounders and his FIP numbers the last four years have been rather strong, never getting any worse than 4.18, although his actual ERA has sometimes been much worse.  Depending on what kind of defensive infield the Cubs end up putting behind Maholm, he should be more able to perform in line with his FIP.

Where Maholm might be of real value to the Cubs though could be on the trade market down the road.  If Maholm can prove that his shoulder problems were just a one-time thing and put together a few months of quality work that is commensurate with his usual peripherals, he could make for a very nice trade deadline addition for a contending team.  Or maybe that is a scenario that plays out next season, depending on just how long the contract he signed turns out to be.  And it should be a relatively short-term deal as there is little incentive for the Cubs to sign Maholm to anything longer than two years given that they seem committed to rebuilding this clubs from scratch.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

DeMaurice Smith: NFL teams are blackballing Ray Rice

Bowl games have no place in the College Football Playoff

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is a quarterback

Report: Several Bulls players threatened to boycott Thibodeau

Eagles players don't share McCoy's views on Chip Kelly

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bryant attends Cowboys OTAs despite not signing contract

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

Adrian Peterson goes on social media rant regarding contract

Report: John Wall, friends kicked off plane in Las Vegas

Broncos OT Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL in practice

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Tigers' pitching woes make Scherzer loss more lamentable

Byron Maxwell guarantees Eagles play in Super Bowl 50

Australian paper runs "Bernie chokes on Kokk' as headline

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Odell Beckham Jr: Double teams on me won't work

For LeBron James, it's about more than the ring

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

Five NFL players who paid dearly to obtain jersey numbers

Dee Gordon thought Marlins’ manager hire was a joke

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

For LeBron, it's about more than the ring

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

JJ Watt doesn't care for chance to be on 'Hard Knocks'

Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL

'Entourage' creator rips Eli Manning

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.