The last eight years haven’t been very friendly to The Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitching prospects. Most manage to disappear completely, or fail to crack the Major League roster for a considerable amount of time. Hardly a good sign for a team that hasn’t had a winning season since 1992.
Paul Maholm, the Pirates’ 1st Round draft choice in 2003 (8th overall) made himself an exception to the norm last season by showcasing the potential that made the former Mississippi State standout a legitimate first rounder. The left-handed Maholm finished the season with a record of 9-9, a 3.71 ERA and a respectable 1.28 WHIP to go along with 139 strikeouts and only 63 walks in 206.1 innings of work.
According to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, via MLB Trade Rumors of course, Maholm is seeking an annual salary of $3.8 million. The Pirates countered with $2.65 million. Maholm and the team have been discussing the possibility of a long-term deal for several weeks. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for February 10th.