Dodgers Sign Maholm
The Dodgers signed Paul Maholm to a one-year, $1.5MM contract. The contract also has incentives that can earn Maholm as much as $6.5MM this year. Maholm pitched for the Braves in 2013, posting a 4.41 ERA and winning 10 ballgames. Maholm may compete for the fifth spot in the rotation, as the Dodgers have a jam packed rotation, with Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Dan Haren, Beckett, and Billingsley. He is going to basically take the place of Chris Capuano.
Cubs, Samardzija Settle Early, Avoid Arbitration
Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs were able to avoid arbitration Saturday, as they settled on a salary of $5.345MM. Samardzija established himself as one of the league’s best pitchers with a breakout 2013 season. His record of 8-13 doesn’t give the full story, and his ERA of 4.34 isn’t glamorous, but he struck out 214 over 213.2 innings of work. Samardzija has been the subject of several trade rumors this off-season, and it is unclear how much longer he will be in Chicago.
Pestano Loses Arbitration Case
Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration case today, as the Indians won with a salary of $845K. Pestano submitted a proposed salary of $1.45MM, but lost as the Indians reportedly cited arm problems that lead to a decline in numbers. In 2012, Pestano looked destined to become a closer, but suffered an elbow injury in the 2013 Word Baseball Classic that eventually lead to a disappointing season. Pestano looks to regain his 2012 form this year.
Cashner Wins Arbitration Case
Padres Pitcher Andrew Cashner won his arbitration case and will receive a 2014 salary of $2.4MM. The Padres offered $2.275MM, which was a relatively small difference, but the Padres were likely trying to make a statement, and would not move. Cashner went 10-9 in his 2013, his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 27 year old posted a 3.09 ERA this past season.