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.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.