"We are pleased to reach agreement on a contact that gives us the ability to keep Paul Maholm in a Pirates uniform through the 2012 season," said Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. "Paul took a big step forward in 2008 and became a very consistent and reliable starting pitcher. He exhibits many of the positive attributes the Pirates seek in players and we look forward to him playing a major role in our success moving forward."
The 26-year-old Maholm was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft; the eighth overall pick in the draft. He made his Major League debut with the Pirates in 200 and has made a total of 96 starts in over three seasons with Pittsburgh.