Royals lefty Ron Mahay is having a great year, with a 2.13 ERA in 42.3 innings. His strikeout rate is down from ’07, but so is his walk rate. He’s signed affordably through ’09. The Royals beat out several teams to sign Mahay last winter, including the Yankees and Rays. Both teams are known to be hunting for relief help currently.
The KC Star’s Bob Dutton says nobody has called Dayton Moore with a firm offer for Mahay. Dutton believes interest is strong, but Moore’s comments imply the Royals intend to keep him. A lesser alternative might be Jimmy Gobble, but only if the Royals want to sell low on him.