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Sox after low-cost starters

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  January 6, 2012 03:58 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has tweeted that the Red Sox are among the interested parties in former Pirates lefty Paul Maholm. The Mariners, Cubs and Orioles also have interest.

Maholm is 29 and amassed a 6-14 record and a 3.66 ERA for the Pirates in 2011. He was on the disabled list after recovering from shoulder surgery.

The Pirates declined a $9.75 million option in October and bought him out for $750,00.

Sox general manager Ben Cherington said earlier today the team is looking for more than one "low-cost" starting pitcher who will enter a competition for the final two starter spots in spring training. It doesn't appear that Cherington will opt for any of the higher priced starters at this time like Hiroki Kuroda, Edwin Jackson or Joe Saunders.

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