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Paul Maholm was a deadline acquisition himself in 2012.
Here we reach the veteran portion of the Braves' trade pieces.
While Paul Maholm has added stability to the Braves rotation since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the deadline last year, his days in Atlanta are likely numbered due to the amount of good starting pitching emerging in the Braves system.
In fact, it is already becoming a crowded house with Brandon Beachy returning soon.
Maholm, 30, has gone 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts for Atlanta this season. He opened 2013 in fine fashion, winning his first three outings and not allowing a run until his fourth start.
Overall, he is 13-13 with a 3.82 ERA in 184 innings across 30 starts since coming over from Chicago with Reed Johnson. That trade occurred after Ryan Dempster decided Atlanta was not the place for him, and was one of the more astute moves made by GM Frank Wren.
The fact that Maholm is playing on an expiring contract makes the veteran lefty a rental player for most interested clubs. It could afford Maholm the chance to join another contender in need of help in the rotation if the Braves match up favorably with a trading partner.
Considering that Maholm has made exactly one relief appearance in his nine-year career, a move to the bullpen to make way for Beachy seems unlikely.
Even more unlikely, however, would be Tim Hudson, Mike Minor, Kris Medlen or Julio Teheran getting bumped out of rotation. The numbers game is seldom easy nor fair, and most definitely plays favorites.
Maholm may not be a front of the rotation starter or impact acquisition, but he could have enough value to land Atlanta a veteran reliever and/or a mid-level prospect.
Grant McAuley covers baseball for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. You can follow Grant on Twitter.