Evan Hilbert
Saturday December 17th, 2011

The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm are discussing a deal that would bring the veteran starter to Chicago, ESPNChicago.com is reporting.

Maholm, 29, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He became a free agent after the 2011 season, when he went 6-14 for the 72-90 Pirates. Though his win-loss record was less than impressive, Maholm posted a 3.66 ERA and he ranks 16th among active pitchers in home runs allowed per game over his career.

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