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Paul Maholm's Pirates Career Could Soon End

The Post-Gazette has a note on Paul Maholm, who might not return to the Pirates next year and who hasn't pitched since getting shut down with shoulder troubles in mid-August.

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Regardless of where he ends up by the time spring training rolls around, Maholm, the club's first-round pick in 2003, will have a legacy secured with the Pirates as the franchise's all-time winningest home pitcher in the first decade of PNC Park.

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Maholm has 35 wins at PNC, four ahead of Zach Duke and 16 ahead of Josh Fogg and Ian Snell. It doesn't mean a whole lot, but he was arguably the Pirates' best starting pitcher of the decade as well.

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The Pirates' Offseason: What To Expect From The Bucs' Trades And Signings

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The Pirates have a $9.75 million option on Maholm for the 2012 season, minus a $750,000 buyout. If he's healthy, it might be a good idea for the Pirates to pick it up, since they'll need help in their rotation. That doesn't mean they'll actually do it, though. 

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