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.â†µ
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.â†µ
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.â†µ
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