Benjamin: Lawernce, Kansas: Do you think there is any reason why Moore didn’t trade Grudz or Mahay at the deadline? I heard there were big offers for Ron!!
Rob Neyer: Not trading Mahay is simply indefensible.
And Rob Neyer makes what I would call a “truly excellent point” in regards to the journeyman reliever. I myself was exercising this very theory near the deadline. My mind did not expand to words such as “indefensible,” but nevertheless it would seem like a serious organizational mistake to hold onto a player like Mahay. The Royals are waving from the shore as their transportation is heading out into the ocean, because they simply “missed the boat” on this one.
Ron Mahay, a career WHIP of 1.386, posting arguably the best numbers of his career up on the wall during 2008, was held onto by a front office that should be focusing almost solely on the future, and a team that happens to be in fourth place as we speak. And I should mention that fifth place is not all that far behind them. They decide to hold onto Mahay, even though he is 37, which is the most important aspect in this situation. And the fact that he throws between 50-70 innings a year, meaning he can only help the ballclub so much, another important aspect. Wouldn’t it have made much, much more sense to rid of him, and obtain anything, anything at all, that will help the team achieve future success. I am not sure how much the Royals could have received had they moved him, but I entertain the notion, and logically, that they would have acquired something that can help them in moving forward.
These are considered missed opportunities for a team, a front office. Ron Mahay was at his apex in terms of a “return,” and the Royals let another chance slip through their grasp. Take a note from Billy Beane, Kansas City Royals, relievers are overrated individually. Especially ones that are 37 years old on a non-contending team. Plenty of teams were looking to add bullpen help, and plenty of teams probably would have given up something decent to help the Royals. But they held onto a pitcher that can only impact the team so much, and that SO MUCH is a very, very minimal amount.