1/10 Cubs sign Paul Maholm

The Cubs have signed free agent Paul Maholm to the rotation, a move first announced by the left-handed pitcher on Twitter.

“I hope to get to continue some things when I visit [Pittsburgh] during the year and start some great things as I start my Cubs career,” wrote Maholm on Monday.

Maholm, 29, will receive $4.25 million this year with a club option of $6.5 million in 2013, or a $500,000 buyout. The lefty, who has spent his entire career with the Pirates, gives the Cubs more depth, something GM Jed Hoyer has said they’re trying to do. The team does not want to be short-handed as it was last season when both Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells were hurt after their first starts of ths season.

“Depth has been a focus of this winter,” Hoyer said on Friday.

The candidates for the rotation now include Maholm, Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Travis Wood, Chris Volstad, Randy Wells and Casey Coleman. Wood is the only lefty in that group. However, there has been interest in Garza this offseason by teams such as the Tigers, Yankees and Blue Jays.

— Carrie Muskat


Candidates??? You mean Maholm, Volstad or Wood have a chance of beating out the awesome (and a bargain!…duh.) Dempster?

I say that we make any team interested in Garza take Soriano and his full salary. Then one or two prospects might be worth the deal.

Jim, I see your bet and raise you one…I say any team willing to take Soriano (with or without the obligation of paying him) should fire their GM. C’mon…we can laugh as well as DREAM!!! I’m laughin’ (not arguing mind you…) and you’re dreamin’ buddy.

To dream the impossible dream!

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