Hot Stove Talk: Paul Maholm
Today's pitcher: Paul Maholm
ESPN.com's Jim Bowden tweeted Wednesday that Maholm, who was on Bowden's radio show, said the Rangers have checked in on him.
Maholm, 31, is coming off a season in which he pitched 153 innings (26 starts) for the Atlanta Braves, who acquired him at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
The left-handed pitcher had a 4.41 ERA last season with 105 strikeouts and 47 walks. Opponents hit a whopping .280 against him, the seventh-worst figure among National League starting pitchers last year (Barry Zito had the highest opponent batting average at .317). He did hold left-handed batters to .226 average.
Last year was a rare season in which Maholm didn't pitch at least 175 innings. He's done that in six of his eight full seasons, including 2012, when he was 13-11 with a 3.67 ERA for both the Cubs and Braves.
Maholm is likely looking to re-establish his value, which makes signing him attractive for the Rangers in that he could compete for a rotation spot and likely do so on a short-term contract loaded with incentives.
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