The Cubs could reunite with a former starter after all this winter. According to a report from Mark Gonzalez, Paul Maholm is likely on the Cubs’ radar and could be an option if they are unable to sign Masahiro Tanaka. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said they planned to add at least one starting pitcher to the roster this winter.
Scott Baker and Jason Hammel could be options as well and Gonzalez added Joe Saunders to the list of possibilities. According to the report, Carlos Villanueva will be stretched out as a starter this spring.
The Cubs signed Paul Maholm in January of 2012 after the Pirates did not pick-up his option and allowed him to hit the market. Maholm announced on his Twitter account he agreed to terms with the Cubs. Maholm inked a one-year deal worth $4.75 million that included a $6.5 million option for the 2013 season.
Paul Maholm put up very good numbers in a short time with the Cubs. Maholm was 9-6 in 21 games, 20 starts, with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP before he was traded to the Braves at the deadline. The Cubs shipped Maholm, Reed Johnson and cash to Atlanta for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Maholm went 4-5 in 11 starts for the Braves with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Maholm struggled with injuries last season and posted a 10-11 record in 26 starts for Atlanta with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Chris Bosio was able to turn around Paul Maholm the first time. The veteran lefty had one of his best seasons in 2012.
The front office has been looking into options outside of Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez to add at least one starter to the mix this winter if they are not able to sign their off-season target. Paul Maholm is the latest addition to a list that includes Scott Baker, Jason Hammel, Joe Saunders and possibly Joel Pineiro.