Originally posted on BravesWire  |  Last updated 7/31/12
Paul Maholm is 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA over has past 7 starts. One week after a trade with the Chicago Cubs for RHP Ryan Dempster fell through, Braves General Manager Frank Wren brokered another deal with the Cubs. This one held up. The Braves have acquired left-handed starting pitcher Paul Maholm and veteran outfielder Reed Johnson from the Cubs for RHP prospect Arodys Vizcaino and triple-A RHP Jay Chapman. The 30-year-old Maholm is the centerpiece of this deal. He is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA so far this year. As solid as those numbers are, he’s been even better of late. He is 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his past six starts (with one relief appearance in between). He will join a resurgent Braves rotation that has already been given a lift with the addition of Ben Sheets and the improved performance of Mike Minor. Along with Minor, the addition of Maholm means the Braves rotation will feature two lefties for the first time since 2008. Reed Johnson is hitting .333 vs left-handed pitching Paul Maholm
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