The Pittsburgh Pirates inked pitcher Paul Maholm to a three-year deal that includes an club option for a fourth year on Thursday. There are some easy cash advances on the way for Maholm as he will be guaranteed $14.5 million: $3.5 million this season, $4.5 million next season and $5.75 million in 2011. He also has a $9.75 million club option for 2012, which could be his first free agency year. The buyout for that option is $750,000.
Pretty decent salary for Maholm as long as he stays injury free and can get over 10 wins for the club.
The team also finalized the contract with Eric Hinske that we blogged about yesterday.