The Los Angeles Dodgers signed left-hander Paul Maholm to a one-year contract, worth a base salary of $1.5 million over the weekend. Maholm’s deal was said to include incentives, which could raise the total value of the deal to $6.5 million.
According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the incentives are irrelevant to whether Maholm is the team’s fifth starter or operates out of the bullpen:
To accomplish that, he must compile a total of 60 points, with two points for a game started, 1.5 points for an appearance of two or more innings and one point for an appearance of fewer than two innings.
Maholm has started all but one of the 243 games he’s pitched in, with his lone appearance out of the bullpen coming in 2012 when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs. The left-hander appeared and started in 26 games last season with the Atlanta Braves, which would amount to $3.5 million under the Dodgers’ scale.
However, Maholm is expected to be locked in a battle with Josh Beckett for the final spot in the pitching rotation. The pitcher who doesn’t earn the opportunity to start will likely he placed in the bullpen and despite his inexperience with pitching out of the bullpen, Maholm is willing to assume the role if necessary.
The Dodgers head into the 2014 season with a crowded bullpen and depending on how things shake out this spring, Maholm figures to make things a bit more interesting.
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