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Dodgers sign pitcher Paul Maholm
Dodgers sign pitcher Paul Maholm

PHOENIX — With Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley recovering from major operations, the Dodgers solidified the back end of their rotation Saturday by signing veteran left-hander Paul Maholm to a one-year, $1.5-million contract. 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 Atlanta Braves, when he was 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA. He didn't make the Braves' playoff roster. To create a spot on the 40-man roster for Maholm, the Dodgers moved left-hander Scott Elbert to the 60-day disabled list. ...

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