Maholm, Hinske deals official at 2 p.m.


The Pirates will conduct a 2 p.m. news conference at PNC Park to announce the signings of Paul Maholm and Eric Hinske. Both players are expected to attend, although the weather could change those plans.

Maholm is getting a three-year deal with a club option for 2012. There is about $13 million in guaranteed salary, plus the cash for the option year. The deal buys out Maholm’s first year of free-agent eligibility.

Hinske will get a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, plus incentives. The Pirates will have to drop someone from the 40-man roster to accommodate Hinske.

Hinske and the team’s other free-agent signing, Ramon Vazquez, will form the core of the Pirates’ bench. Also in the mix for the three other backup spots are Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz or Jason Jaramillo, Luis Cruz, Andy Phillips and Jeff Salazar.