Pirates Looking at Maholm?

According to the Trib’s Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates are in talks with ex-Buccos pitcher Paul Maholm about a contract.  More after the jump.

Maholm’s contract was dropped by the Pirates when his team option year came up in the offseason.  He made $5.75 million in 2011, where he threw a 3.66 ERA in 162.1 innings pitched.  He was due to make $9.75 million in 2012, but the Pirates declined his option and bought it out for $750,000 instead.  He had spent his entire career with the Buccos before this offseason, and as a person I would love to see him pitch through at least one .500 season for the Pirates.  He was drafted in ’03 and he has seen some terrors, a la 2008 and 2010.

DK pointed one more thing out: it is unlikely that Maholm will re-sign here, despite negotiations.

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