Cubs may be close to deal with Maholm

Cubs may be close to deal with Maholm
January 9, 2012, 6:07 pm
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The Cubs were first linked to Paul Maholm nearly a month ago as David Kaplan announced discussions between the two sides.

Those talks may have been tabled during the holiday season, but are reportedly ramping up again Monday.

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Ken Rosenthal Source: Cubs close on Maholm. MLB
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Maholm would provide another solid arm in the rotation if Matt Garza is indeed traded. If the Cubs are able to extend Garza, Maholm could slot in as a solid No. 3 starter behind Garza and Dempster.

The 29-year-old lefty was drafted by the Pirates eighth overall in the 2003 draft. He's spent his entire career in Pittsburgh since then, compiling a 53-73 record with a 4.36 ERA.

He was 6-14 last season, but had a 3.66 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, both near career-highs.