It was previously rumored that the Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles were in the running as well, so that makes five known teams that want to have the 29 year old southpaw in their rotation. 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.
How much could he garner in the FA market? In 2011 he had a WAR of 2.0. His “dollars” amount, or $WAR, was $9.2MM. Assuming he gets within $1MM of this either way, would the Pirates want to pay him this? Most likely not. As stated earlier, he was supposed to make $9.75MM this year but the option was declined because the Pirates didn’t want to pay him.