From the Wire … Paul Maholm Signs with the Cubs

According to reports from Paul Maholm, he has signed with the Chicago Cubs. Terms of the deal have not been announced and the news was just confirmed by David Kaplan.

Paul Maholm announced on his Twitter account that he has signed with the Cubs and he’s looking forward to attending the Cubs Convention this weekend.

Bruce Levine and Ken Rosenthal indicated the Cubs were close to a deal with Paul Maholm early Monday.

Paul Maholm posted a 6-14 record last year in 26 starts with the Pirates. Maholm surrendered 160 hits with 50 walks and 97 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Terms of Maholm’s contract have not been released. Will update when those terms (length and amount) are available.

Paul Maholm’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • John_CC

    Been waiting for a “From the Wire…”  … seems like it’s been forever!

    There was a time, a couple years ago, I was pretty high on Malholm. He never materialized like I expected.  But I’ll take the addition to the rotation puzzle at this point. It’s really getting interesting and almost comical how many pitchers under 29 they have! 

    OK, now the real question … odds on Garza being at the CubCon?  MLBTR is reporting Kap reporting talks have moved forward with the Tigers willing to deal Turner.

  • diehardcubfan

    I am now very confident that Garza will be traded for a package of prospects.  I will be surprised if the deal is not done by Friday.

  • Demitri

    This sign could end Garza’s quick career with the Cubs. Dave Kaplan saying Cubs and Tigers are “far beyond” the initial stages. Castellanos would be nice, but that would mean Vitters would have to switch to the outfield.. So many decisions

  • jw

    See ya Matt!

  • Jason Douglas

    YEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!!!   We got Paul Maholm, baby!  WHOOOOOOO!


    So is this 2006 again, except on purpose and without injuries?  Not complaining…just making sure I understand the plan here.

    • John_CC

      That’s good! 

  • Spoda17

    I agree, Matt is gone… I’m okay with that… but will miss his enthusiasm…

  • gocubs

    Another very good move. 

  • paulcatanese

    There’s going to be a lot of wait and see this year. Most of the signings are banking on come backs,could happen but will be tough for several at a time.
    I really don’t think Wood will stay and will move on as well as Garza, not an informed idea but more of the way this has been going.
    Cannot see where Byrd, Soriono, Marmol,and Soto will be here much longer.
    When Theo cleans house, he does just that, very imaculate and will leave no dust behind.
    One signing puzzles me though, Johnson,he had a career year last year and should play somewhere, but he doesent fit the age that Theo is advocating. And last year was last year and Theo has been saying “he will not pay for past performance”,Isnt that what he has done with Johnson?
    Not upset, what will be , will be.

    • Jeff in AZ

      Johnson was a cheap veteran signing for clubhose leadership, not performance.

    • gcheezpuff

      They are gonna trade Byrd and Reed can keep CF warm for Jackson until he is called up.

  • Dorasaga

    Paul Maholm @Wrigley field, since 2005: 11 games, 64 innings, 6-2, 1 shutout, 35k-13 walks (2.69 k/bb), 1.344 whip and 5.48 era

    The longballs hurted him: 7 homeruns in these 11 games; Cubs slugged .459 against Maholm.

    Out of 255 at-bats that were put in play (ball alive), the Cubs got him with .308 batting average (babip). Average, indeed.

    Career-wise: era 4.36, 1.42 whip, 1.85 K/bb; opponents slugged .424 against the right-hander.

    Paul is the definition of “mediocre” at Wrigley Field. I hope he’s just a backup plan, in case Randy Wells won’t deliver.

    • Joshuawechsler

      Anyone know who will be jettisoned from the 40 man roster for Maholm?

      • Dorasaga

        Yeah, if my math works correctly, the Cubs now has 41 man on this roster. Maholm will either be signed a minor league, or … I’m guessing randomly here, not knowing if this is possible to remove either one of them from the 40man: Junior Lake, Jeff Bianchi reassigned.

        On a second look, both Corpas and Andy Sonnanstine are not guaranteed due to his “split contract.” Coleman should be easily moved. In any event, they dno’t need to remove anyone. The Cubs stays at 39 man on the roster.

        The best scenario is Fonzi and Byrd be traded this week. I can dream, may I?

  • Steven Petty

    Excellent move. A crafty lefty. High ceiling.

    • Dorasaga

      I don’t know if we can still call him “high ceiling” after pitched mediocre-ly 6 years in Major League.

  • Tom

    Barring a trade or taking someone from the 40 man roster as compensation, it looks like Gaub, Mateo, Campana and DeWitt are on the bubble.

  • Aaron

    Agreed…but as you alluded to, there is a plan in place unlike 2006.

    Theo at least seems to understand the concept of rotation depth, even if it’s a bunch of 4’s and 5’s. Wood and Volstad at least have 3 potential.

    Maholm is almost certainly a precursor to a Garza trade…and my hope would be that they expand the deal to include at least 3 decent rotation arms.

    We’ll see what happens but Turner, Smyly, and Oliver would be tremendous…unlikely but tremendous.

    • KevininSandiego

      I would take Oliver or Crosby. We just need to get as much quality pitching as possible.

  • BD

    I know that the details of this contract haven’t been released, but does anyone have any idea what he was looking for? I don’t think he would get more than a one year deal given his injury last year….

    • Neil

      I am hearing one year … but cannot confirm.

      • OttawaBob

        Neil,  Do you have a quick scouting report on this Tiger 3rd base prospect, Castellanos.??

        • Neil

          Sorry, I do not have an updated one. Neither Baseball America nor Baseball Prospectus have released their Tigers’ lists for this season.

  • Jeff in AZ

    Im never going to complain when we add an arm, especially a lefty via free agency. Guys will have to perform if they want to pitch, nothing given away like in the recent past.