Paul Maholm’s deal with the Cubs: one year, $4.25 million with a team option

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As we passed along last night, Paul Maholm has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. We now know the terms of the deal: it’s a one-year, $4.25 million contract with a $6.5 million option for 2013.

Given that Maholm had an option for over $9 million that the Pirates declined, this is a pretty decent deal.  And a good baseball move for the Cubs too, as Maholm is better than his record indicates. He’s a groundball pitcher who will benefit from the high Wrigley Field grass. Assuming the Cubs’ defense isn’t dreadful, he could put together a quite useful season or two in Chicago.

And even if he doesn’t, he’s not so expensive that it will matter all that much.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.