There had been rampant talk all morning about a possible new Dodger signing.
So, who was it, you ask?
Well, it had been reported by various sources on twitter that left-handed starting pitcher Paul Maholm was seen scurrying about in the Dodgers clubhouse. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com noted that he already had a locker in the Dodgers Spring clubhouse, and Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported that Paul was having a physical performed. Now, we get word from Jim Bowden at ESPN that it is official. Maholm is a Dodger.
Dodgers sign Maholm 1-year 1.5m major league deal
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) February 9, 2014
The signing has also been confirmed by Jon Wesiman at the Dodgers official blog, Dodger Insider.
Paul Maholm signed a very affordable deal, and is slated to be the Dodgers #5 starter for the upcoming season. He turns 32-years old in June, and is just one season removed from one of his best years. In 2012, Maholm went 13-11 with a 3.67 ERA (ERA+ 111) in 31 starts for the Braves and Cubs. That year, he recorded a WHIP average of 1.222, 6.7 strike outs per 9 innings and 2.64 strike out to walk ratio.
BTW, you can follow Paul Maholm on twitter at @paul_maholm, and he has already said a hello on social media.
Can't wait to get started with the @Dodgers and look forward to a great opportunity.
— paul maholm (@paul_maholm) February 9, 2014
So, what kind of pitcher is he? What does he throw? Fortunately, Brooks Baseball has a brief report on him.
In 2013, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (87mph), also mixing in a Change (80mph), Cutter (83mph), Fourseam Fastball (88mph), Slider (79mph) and Curve (72mph). He also rarely throws a Slow Curve (63mph).The fantasy card I made at the very top uses the 1968 Topps Baseball vintage design and a photo from Braves Photo Day 2013 during Spring Training (Source: J. Meric/Getty Images North America).
Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:
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