Ken Rosenthal has the scoop – the Royals have signed southpaw reliever Ron Mahay to a two-year, $8MM deal. Nice move by Dayton Moore getting him for less than the Phillies paid for J.C. Romero, an inferior pitcher.
Mahay is 36, though many readers pointed out to me that he converted to pitching late in life (when he was 25 or so). However – and I can’t find the link the moment – Will Carroll has found position player converts to be at greater injury risk.
The Royals are three-deep with lefty relievers, so maybe they’ll shop Jimmy Gobble or John Bale now. Mahay had been a Yankee target, so perhaps they’ll move on to Damaso Marte.
Mahay was a Type B, so the Braves receive a sandwich pick for their loss (not at the Royals’ expense).