Paul Maholm would be a solid addition to Padres staff

Paul Maholm would be a solid addition to the Padres staff. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Padres Front Office is looking to add another starting pitcher according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune. One of the pitchers reportedly connected to the Padres is left-handed starter Paul Maholm. Maholm could take some of the pressure off the Padres very young and talented pitching staff. He also could take pressure and some of the work load off Clayton Richard and Dustin Moseley, who are both returning from surgery. More importantly, he’d add much-needed veteran leadership at an affordable price. If the Padres were to sign him, he would probably move ahead of both Moseley and Richard on the depth chart.

Maholm, the 6′-2″, 215 lb, 30-year-old lefty, was a first-round draft pick (eighth overall) by the Pirates in 2003. Over the years, he has sported impressive stats and racked up innings pitched, which have never fallen under 160. Maholm has put up these numbers in a much more hitter-friendly environment and division. I believe he would do very well in PETCO Park.

He has a career 4.36 ERA, but he really came on strong last year posting a very impressive 3.66 ERA in 162.1 IP. Although, his lack of run support resulted in a 6-14 record. It should be noted he posted a career-best .262 batting average against. Maholm has a career 4.36 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and .283 BAA.

Scouting report: Maholm is somewhat deceptive, throwing from a high three-quarter arm delivery. He’s a groundball pitcher. He is hard to run on, as well. He throws a fastball (low 90s),  solid slider, slow curvball and change-up, which is the closest to a plus pitch in his arsenal. Maholm is not a power pitcher and relies on his exceptional command, deep repertoire, deception and feel for pitching to be effective. He is a workhorse who’s known as a strong competitor and leader. He doesn’t have a plus pitch per se, and doesn’t miss as many bats as you would like from a front-of-the-rotation starter, which limits him to a solid middle-of-the-rotation pitcher. Right-handed bats can give him trouble.

Do the Padres need more pitching depth with the loss of Mat Latos? I believe Maholm would fair as well, or better than Jon Garland and Aaron Harang did coming into PETCO Park.


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  1. The problem? There’s not too many Five-tool players. Then, how many realistic matches with teams who do have those players? Not many.

    Obviously I agree that he needs to stay healthy.

  2. I saw that Byrnes quote in Sunday’s UT. I believe that was prompted by critics of the trade. The Padres don’t have a very good track record of extending pricey contracts, so we’ll see how Byrnes is allowed to proceed with the time comes. But when Moorad announced that he was going to free up an extra $10 million in payroll for next season, I would have hoped that the team acquire more of a five-tool player with some speed and more durability. Instead they traded for an oft-injured fly ball hitter with a rising salary his former team was looking to dump. I know that Quentin can still play and his presence in the lineup will help guys like Alonso, Guzman and even Headley. And he’s a local guy who will sell tickets. The real value of this trade, however, hinges on whether or not Carlos is still around and healthy enough when the team starts to contend down the road. I sincerely doubt that will happen, but I hope I’m wrong.

  3. Obviously I was in favor of trading for CQ and much of my feelings on him are in this piece below.

    I targeted one primary player back in November for a reason, and I feel he will not be as affected by Petco as others. I have liked CQ for years going back to his Az days.

    In another article done by Fangraphs, echo my thoughts in different advanced statistical verbiage.

    I thought all along the Padres could try to extend him. Brynes said he brought Quentin in with the thought of doing just that. 

  4. I’m curious to get your thoughts on the Quentin trade, Mickey. A lot of fans in San Diego are excited, while others are wondering if the Padres will be able to extend Quentin’s contract beyond next season. If not, the Padres will basically be “renting” him for one year at the tune of about $7 million. I don’t see that as a very wise investment for a small market team. Your views?

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