Cubs add lefty Paul Maholm to rotation
Both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have stressed that a major league team can’t have too much starting pitching–in the last few weeks, they have gone to great lengths to prove that point.
The Cubs revamped rotation got deeper on Tuesday, when the team agreed to a one-year contract with 29-year-old lefty Paul Maholm. Maholm, a ground ball pitcher who has a 53-73 record and a 4.36 ERA in 185 career appearances, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Pirates. Last season, he posted a 6-14 record with a career-best 3.66 ERA, but had the fifth worst run support in the National League. He is the second left-hander the Cubs have added to their rotation in the last few weeks, joining Travis Wood, who was acquired in the Sean Marshall trade with Cincinnati.
“We’re not finished acquiring starting pitchers,” Hoyer said last week. “We want to have as much depth as possible. At this point, we’re still very much in the process of gathering as many quality arms as we can, and we’ll put those pieces in place as we get closer to Spring Training.”
The potential Cubs rotation now includes Maholm, Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Chris Volstad and Wood.
Maholm broke the news Monday night on his Twitter account, saying, “Just wanna say thank u to everyone that has cheered for me during my career as a Pirate. I loved my last six plus years in the city.
“I hope to get to continue some things when I visit during the year and start some great things as I start my Cubs career.”