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Red Sox Free Agency 2011: Boston Interested In Paul Maholm

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Boston Red Sox are among the teams that have expressed interest in former Pittsburgh Pirates left hander Paul Maholm. In addition, the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs are the other clubs to have checked in on Maholm.

In his seven years in the majors, Maholm has only played for the Pirates where he's a career 53-73 with an ERA of 4.36. Last season with the Pirates, Maholm was 6-14 with a career low ERA of 3.66 as a starter. In 2011, he had a solid 5.4 SO/9 and a relatively low 2.8 BB/9.

With the Red Sox looking to spend as little money as possible, adding Maholm doesn't seem to be that bad of an idea. He's certainly a cheaper option than guys like Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt currently are. He's a veteran left handed pitcher who could be viewed as a poor man's Erik Bedard, who was signed by the Pirates to replace Maholm in their rotation. With guys like Oswalt and Jackson not budging on their original asking price, Maholm may be a guy the Red Sox could end up with.

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