Paul Maholm to the Los Angeles Dodgers

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers are reportedly close to a deal with free agent pitcher Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm to the Los Angeles Dodgers:  The Dodgers are reportedly close to a deal with free agent pitcher Paul Maholm.

Maholm, 31, spent last season with the Atlanta Braves, where he put up a 4.41 ERA (88 ERA+) in 153 innings.

The Rangers had reportedly expressed interest in Maholm, as they continue to look for starting pitching depth heading into the spring, but recent stories indicate they have shifted their focus to Tommy Hanson and Suk-Min Yoon.

Mike Maddux has had positive things to say about Colby Lewis, who is expected to be 100% when spring training starts.  Lewis missed half of 2012 and all of 2013 after tendon flexor surgery, and also underwent hip resurfacing surgery in August.  Lewis will be in the Ranger camp on a minor league deal, and while it is probably too much to hope he can be the #2/#3 caliber starter he was on the two Ranger World Series teams, if he can give the Rangers decent innings as a #5 starter, that would be a big boost to a team that will be without Derek Holland in the first half of the season.

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