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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Dodgers add LHP Paul Maholm

Free-agent pitcher Paul Maholm has finalized a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced Saturday.

Maholm should fill the “pitcher who is better than Josh Beckett” role.


Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 08, 2014 at 08:39 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4653762)
Jason Vargas is 31, put up 4.6 fWAR the last 3 seasons combined, and got $28 million guaranteed.

Paul Maholm is 32, put up 4.7 fWAR the last 3 seasons combined, and got $1.5 million guaranteed.

I do not understand.
   2. The Spirit of Salvador Perez Posted: February 09, 2014 at 12:50 AM (#4653774)
Had to overpay to get him to Kansas City???
   3. cmd600 Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:05 AM (#4653779)
Vargas had 1.8 bWAR last year, Maholm -0.1. Regardless of your preference for a fangraphs' metrics over b-ref, or three year samples over one, its certainly in the realm of being understandable. Yeah, four years for Vargas is nuts, but its easy to see why he'd be considered a much better bet, even if that may not actually be true.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:42 AM (#4653782)
568 IP, 94 ERA+, 1.28 WHIP, 9 h/9, 1.2 hr/9, 6/2.5 K/BB, 12 unearned runs
504 IP, 100 ERA+, 1.30 WHIP, 9 h/9, .9 hr/9, 6.1/2.7 K/BB, 16 unearned runs

5.8 bWAR vs 4.5 bWAR, mainly due to defense I guess.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:48 AM (#4653783)
Given that the Dodgers didn't get Tanaka, I felt like this was the next best way to fill the rotation. Maholm isn't very good, but he's essentially being signed to be the #6 starter. The team needs a guy who is non-awful and can fill in for a few weeks to two months until Billingsley is ready to go. At that point he can either be sent to the pen or fill in for the next guy who goes down and $1.5m is a pretty good deal for that. Yes, incentives can bring the total to $6.5m, but if they do, it probably means he was worth well over $6.5m.
   6. Davo Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:55 AM (#4653790)
#5--Great post, very good interpretation.
   7. Brian White Posted: February 09, 2014 at 08:46 AM (#4653799)
Maholm wasn't all that good last year, but I thought he'd get more guaranteed money than this.
   8. Colin Posted: February 09, 2014 at 09:42 AM (#4653802)
Maholm pitched quite well through the end of June, a very typical year for him up to that point, and then just crashed and burned thereafter. I have no idea if he was overperforming his peripherals in the second half and regressed, but he just looked all of a sudden like he had nothing. He had a few injuries in the second half, though his collapse seemed to precede those. So, I would assume that he didn't get better offers because of concerns about the suddenness of his dropoff and possibility of some undiagnosed injury.
   9. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 09, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4653805)
I'm not saying Maholm is a game-changer, but this is one of best signings of the off-season. There is a team or two every year that falls out of playoff contention because they don't have somebody even as good as Maholm to fill in for a month or two when injuries happen.

I would rather have Vargas, but that isn't the question. At $1.5 million of guaranteed money, this is a remarkably small amount of money. Good for L.A. to get him...when you are paying guys like Beckett, AGon, and Crawford the kind of money they are making, you have to find value like this to fill in the blanks...
   10. DL from MN Posted: February 09, 2014 at 10:50 AM (#4653822)
Maholm has $26M and no playoff innings. I think he took a discount to play for a team as stacked as the Dodgers.
   11. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: February 09, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4653840)
I'm not at all sure he is better than Beckett, and although there's a chance that Beckett is simply toast after his surgery - I'd bet against it. Maholm is absolute death on lefties, and a capable innings eater, so he can be anything from a good loogy to overqualified swing man, to a decent #4 starter. It's an excellent signing.
   12. bobm Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4653892)
Maholm pitched quite well through the end of June, a very typical year for him up to that point, and then just crashed and burned thereafter.

Split         G  PA HR BB SO SO/BB   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
April/March   5 126  1 11 28  2.55 .225 .312 .306  .618  .293    62    74
May           6 163  4 10 23  2.30 .268 .323 .416  .739  .295    91   104
June          6 157  5  8 24  3.00 .285 .335 .417  .752  .313    95   111
July          3  70  3  7  7  1.00 .365 .429 .667 1.095  .377   181   207
August        2  49  1  5  5  1.00 .256 .333 .419  .752  .270    95   110
Sept/Oct      4 105  3  6 18  3.00 .312 .359 .473  .832  .351   115   135

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