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Paul Maholm signs minor league deal with Reds

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm signed a minor league deal with the Reds with an invitation to big league camp in spring training in Goodyear, the Reds announced on Sunday.

Maholm, who will be 33 in June, was 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA as a swing man for the Dodgers in 2014, with 34 strikeouts and 28 walks in 70⅔ innings. He started eight games and pitched in relief in 22 more contests, though his season was cut short in early August with surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Of all the Dodgers free agents this winter, so far the only two to sign a major league contract or 2015 are Hanley Ramirez (four years, $88 million in Boston) and Chad Billingsley (one year, $1.5 million plus incentives in Philadelphia). Kevin Correia, Roberto Hernandez, Chris Perez and Brian Wilson remain unsigned.

Compared to 2014, Maholm signed relatively early this year. The Dodgers signed the left-hander to a major league contract on Feb. 8 last year, the day pitchers and catchers reported to major league camp.