MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Grading Atlanta Braves' Deal for Maholm

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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Grading Atlanta Braves' Deal for Maholm
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While you were sleeping (and at 1:25 AM I hope you were sleeping), the Braves and Cubs celebrated the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline by pulling off a trade involving a Braves prospect for a Cubs starting pitcher.

The trade did not, however, involve Randall Delgado or Ryan Dempster, contrary to the budding speculation that Dempster would reconsider being moved to Atlanta.  Nor did it involve Matt Garza, another highly regarded Cubs starter supposedly on the block.

Instead, Atlanta went out and got soft-tossing southpaw Paul Maholm.

Maholm is not quite the "top-of-the-rotation starter" Atlanta was reportedly looking to get at the deadline, but the trade was still pretty significant, telling Braves fans exactly what the Atlanta front office thinks of this year's version of the Braves.

So how did Atlanta fare in this deadline deal?

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