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2011 MLB Free Agency: Chicago Cubs Negotiating With LHP Paul Maholm, According To Report

According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine, the Chicago Cubs are in negotiations with free agent left-handed starting pitcher Paul Maholm, who has spent the last seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Chicago Cubs have been looking for a left-handed starter this offseason, and Maholm presents a decidedly cheaper option than either C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle would have, especially if they can work out a deal similar to his last one:

Maholm made $6.25 million in 2011, the final season of $13.75 million deal he inked with the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the 2009 season. He was a combined 53-73 with a 4.36 ERA during his seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

Playing in Pittsburgh didn't do Maholm's win-loss record any favors -- he was 6-14 in 2011 -- but he did post a respectable 3.66 ERA in his final season with the Pirates.

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