Maholm, Hinske deals nearly done


The Pirates will be busy tomorrow, finalizing contracts with pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Eric Hinske.

Maholm will get a three-year deal with a team option for 2012. That buys out all three of Maholm’s arbitration years and his first year of free agency. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Hinkse will get a one-year deal, woth $1.5 million contract plus incentives.

“We’re working through some final things,” GM Neal Huntington said.

Hinske, 31, can play first base, third base and both corner outfield spots. Last season, he hit .247 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI for Tampa Bay.

The Pirates’ lone unsigned player is center fielder Nate McLouth. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17.