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MLB Trade Deadline: Paul Maholm Is a Better Fit for Braves Than Ryan Dempster

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 29:  Starting pitcher Paul Maholm #28 of the Chicago Cubs stands on the mound during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros on June 29, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 4-0.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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Vinny HardyCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

No disrespect to Ryan Dempster.  He was the initial Chicago Cubs starting pitcher the Atlanta Braves had their eye on before the July 31 trade deadline expired.  

He is a 10 and 5 guy, having been in the majors for 10 years while having five consecutive years with the same team.

He has earned the right to have a say in where he goes.  The man's put in the time and took advantage of being able to have some control of his situation.  He also has a sick daughter and the best place for her to receive the best care played a role in his decision as it should have.  

You have to tip your cap to him and wish him the best as he makes his postseason run with the Texas Rangers.

The Braves and Cubs were able to regroup and still work out a deal that sent Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to Atlanta.

Maholm was 9-6 with 3.74 ERA with the Cubs.  He found personal success despite the Cubs' struggles.

Paul Maholm is a better fit for the Atlanta Braves overall.

First, he's younger.  At 30 Maholm is five years younger than Dempster, a fact that won't be forgotten by either party should the Braves want to re-sign him at the end of the season.

Second, he's a lefty.  Maholm is crafty and he joins Mike Minor who's been pitching better of late and balances out the rotation more so as they get set to make a postseason run.

Third, if things continue as they are, Maholm will welcome the additional run support.  The Cubs averaged 3.9 runs per game in July while Atlanta put up 4.8 per night.  

Finally, Maholm isn't a stranger to southeast.  He was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, attended high school in Germantown, Tennessee and college at Mississippi State. 

He will make his Braves debut Saturday against the Houston Astros.  It will be the first of his several successful starts as he helps the Braves overtake the Washington Nationals, erase last year's bad ending, and win the NL East. 

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