The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Paul Maholm in the off-season with the idea he could serve as a spot starter or long reliever.

Maholm proved to be just that for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburg Pirates and Chicago Cubs. The left-hander signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Dodgers that could reach a value up to $6.5 million with incentives included.

Before joining the Dodgers, Maholm spent the majority of his career with the Pirates. He never boasted a winning percentage over .500, but was a reliable arm who started 25 or more games each season, with the exception of his rookie campaign in 2005, where he started six games.

Maholm spent half a season playing for the Cubs and was then shipped to Atlanta, where he remained for one and a half seasons.

Last year for the Braves, Maholm went 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA. He recorded 105 strikeouts, issued 47 walks and allowed 169 hits, which was the third lowest total against in his career as a starter.

So far this season Maholm owns a 1-4 record with a 5.04 ERA in 19 appearances. Due to injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Maholm was placed in the starting rotation. He has since been moved back to the bullpen and seen limited action.

Maholm’s last appearance was on June 21 were he threw 0.2 of an inning, giving up two runs and recording one strikeout.

Dodgers Nation wishes Maholm a Happy 32nd Birthday.
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