MLB Trade Deadline: Atlanta Braves' Addition of Paul Maholm a Solid Move

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIJuly 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 19:  Starting pitcher Paul Maholm #28 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on July 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Marlins 4-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Monday night has proven to be quite a busy one for the Chicago Cubs.

They've traded Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Now, pitcher Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson are headed to the Atlanta Braves, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The upside for the Braves is tremendous. It was no secret that the team has been trying to add depth at starting pitcher. They have been tied to names like Ryan Dempster from the Cubs, and they have even kicked the tires on Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett.

While it was not an earth-shaking move as far as headlines are concerned, Maholm gives the Braves a solid piece to their rotation.

In his 20 starts in 2012, Maholm owns a 9-6 record with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.238 WHIP. He's won more games than any other Cubs pitcher this year.

Owner of a career ERA of 4.30, Maholm can be a solid third starter in the Braves rotation. He is known for having good control over a four-pitch repertoire, but he doesn't have mind-blowing stuff. 

His fastball will touch the low 90s from time to time. Maholm certainly benefits from having solid defense behind him, which the Braves can offer.

One of Maholm's best features is his move to first base, which makes it difficult for runners to steal.

The supplementary piece in this deal was veteran outfielder Reed Johnson. In 75 games this season, Johnson owns a .307/.361/.452 batting line with 16 RBI.