Fangraph's Joe Pawlikowsk posted "Paul Maholm's Value To the Pirates" yesterday. He writes:
"The concern is not with his 2011 salary, but rather his 2012 option, which comes in at $9.75 million. That is right around his projected market value. Maholm...might not be the type of player on whom the Pirates should spend those market value dollars.
Trading Maholm at the deadline might be the best move for the long term. That might hurt in the short term, but in the long term it allows them to add a player who might be a part of the next Pirates team that finishes above .500 and, perhaps, makes the playoffs."