PHOENIX — With
Maholm, if anything, is durable. The 31-year-old has made 26 starts or more in each of his last eight seasons, posting a 4.34 earned-run average in that span. He was a perfectly serviceable back-end starter last season with the
To create a spot on the 40-man roster for Maholm, the Dodgers moved left-hander
The Dodgers have seven starting pitchers with guaranteed contracts:
Maholm figures to be in competition with Beckett and Billingsley for the fifth spot in the rotation. Beckett had a rib removed last year to relieve a nerve problem, but is already throwing without any restrictions. Billingsley is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery and isn't expected to return until some time in May.
The likely surplus is reminiscent of last spring, when the Dodgers opened camp with eight starting pitchers under contract, including the since-departed