Two weeks ago the Reds announced that they’d chosen right-handers Jason Marquis and Raisel Iglesias over left-hander Paul Maholm for the final two spots in the rotation and now they’ve released Maholm.
It’s not a great sign for Maholm that he couldn’t beat out the 36-year-old Marquis for a spot, but he pitched reasonably well this spring after posting a 4.71 ERA in 71 innings for the Dodgers last season.
Maholm has indicated that he wants to continue starting, which likely sealed his fate in Cincinnati and limits his options going forward. If healthy he could probably help some teams as a fourth or fifth starter.
Earlier this week the Reds announced that they’re shifting Tony Cingrani to the bullpen–against the left-hander’s wishes–and today they announced that both Raisel Iglesias and Jason Marquis will have spots in the Opening Day rotation.
Iglesias was signed out of Cuba for $27 million last year, but at the time many people viewed him as more likely to be a reliever in the majors. However, he’s impressed manager Bryan Price with eight scoreless innings this spring.
Marquis is a 36-year-old veteran of 14 seasons for eight different teams, but didn’t pitch in the majors at all last year following Tommy John elbow surgery. Before his elbow gave out Marquis pitched reasonably well for the Padres in 2012 and 2013, but he hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.00 since way back in 2004. He’s probably just keeping the spot warm until Homer Bailey is healthy.
Also of note: Cincinnati informed left-hander Paul Maholm that he’s now competing for a bullpen spot, which could mean he’ll opt out of his minor-league contract in the hopes some other team still views him as a potential starter.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Reds have agreed to a contract with 32-year-old left-hander Paul Maholm. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirms the news, adding that it’s a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Maholm posted a rough 4.84 ERA (72 ERA+) and 1.56 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings (eight starts, 22 relief appearances) last season for the Dodgers. He needed surgery in August for a torn right ACL and might not be 100 percent healthy by the beginning of the 2015 campaign. Once he does get his health back, Maholm will become an option for the Reds’ bullpen and a potential emergency starter.