According to a report by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Dodgers appear set to sign free agent pitcher Paul Maholm. This further solidifies the notion that the Dodgers are not satisfied with the back end of their rotation, as they have been linked to nearly every available free agent pitcher of significance this offseason.
Maholm started 26 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2013, posting a 4.41 ERA in 153 innings. His numbers last season are fairly in line with his career, and he struck out 6.18 batters per nine innings while walking 2.76 per nine.
The signing of Maholm shows that the Dodgers may not be completely sure about Josh Beckett’s readiness as he returns from thoracic outlet syndrome. Zach Lee may have had a shot at making the rotation had Beckett been ineffective, but it seems likely that the Dodgers want to allow him to further his development in the minors while also delaying the start of his major league service time.
Details of the contract are not currently available, but according to Hernandez, it seems that Maholm is at Dodgers Spring Training to take a physical.
Tags: Baseball, Free Agent, Josh Beckett, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Paul Maholm, Zach Lee
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