One player that was not brought back by the Dodgers was left-hander Paul Maholm, who ended the season on the disabled list after tearing his ACL in August. He was a reliever/spot starter for the team in 2014, but will not attempt to come back with them.
The Cincinnati Reds announced a deal with the left-hander via their official Twitter account:
Reds sign LHP Paul Maholm to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) February 1, 2015
Maholm went 1-5 in 30 games (eight starts) for the Dodgers with a 4.84 ERA in just over 70 innings. His injury combined with Josh Beckett’s injury caused former general manager Ned Colletti to trade for Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia in August to shore up the rotation.
It’s been almost a year since Maholm signed in Los Angeles on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. He spent the previous two seasons with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs after beginning his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his career, the 32-year-old is 77-100 with a 4.30 ERA in 273 games (250 starts). He’s reached 200 innings just once in his career, and had his best year in 2012. That year he pitched for the Cubs and Braves and combined to go 13-11 with a 3.67 ERA.
With the losses of Alfredo Simon and Mat Latos, Maholm could find himself a spot on the Reds’ roster.