LHP Maholm signs with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with free-agent left-hander Paul Maholm.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Maholm could earn up to $6.5 million in incentives.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Maholm, the Dodgers placed reliever Scott Elbert on the 60-day disabled list.

Multiple media outlets had reported Saturday before the signing became official that Maholm already has a locker set up in the clubhouse at the team's spring training complex in Arizona.

Maholm, 31, went 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA in 26 starts with the Atlanta Braves last year. He also missed time with wrist and elbow injuries.

Maholm may fit the bill for the Dodgers' need for a No. 5 starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren. Right-handers Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are recovering from injuries.

Dodgers' pitchers and catchers reported to spring training Saturday.

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