It looks like the Dodgers and Paul Maholm have a deal

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If these tweets from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times are any indication, it looks like the Dodgers and free agent left-hander Paul Maholm have reached agreement on a contract:

The move comes less than 24 hours after Bronson Arroyo, another Dodgers target, agreed to a two-year contract with the Diamondbacks. While Maholm isn’t a big name, he’ll be useful insurance for the starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Dan Haren are locked into the first four spots, but Josh Beckett is no sure thing after thoracic outlet surgery and Chad Billingsley likely won’t be ready to return from Tommy John surgery until May or June.

Maholm, 31, posted a 4.41 ERA and 105/47 K/BB ratio over 153 innings with the Braves last season.

UPDATE: Hernandez surmises that it will be a minor league deal. This has the makings of a potential bargain.

Ketel Marte shut down with back injury

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With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.

It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.

Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.

Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.