ST. LOUIS — According to an industry source, the Pirates are in close negotiations with more than one team regarding left-hander Paul Maholm. If he Pirates’ asking price is met — the Pirates want at least a major-league starting pitcher in return — a trade could be completed quickly.
“We will not discuss any specific trade rumor,” GM Neal Huntington said via email. ”We are in discussions with multiple teams on various players and if we get an appropriate return, we will make a move. If not, we will hold the player(s).”
The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly have inquired about Maholm.
“I’m a guy who likes to plan stuff, so the next 24 hours are going to be tough,” Maholm said. “I have no expectations about it.”
Maholm (6-9, 4.52 ERA) was the losing pitcher Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.