Mahay hoping to stay with Royals
Left-handed reliever was traded at deadline last season
OAKLAND -- Just a year ago, Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay were traded at the deadline by the Texas Rangers to the Atlanta Braves.
So it was sort of deja vu when Teixeira was dealt to the Angels on Tuesday, and Mahay was waiting to see if he might go again as well.
Mahay, a left-handed reliever, has probably prompted more trade talk than any of the Royals as Thursday's 3 p.m. CT deadline approaches. Mahay would just as soon not emulate Teixeira's move, thank you.
"I don't want to go anywhere. I don't know what to tell you," Mahay said Wednesday. "My name's been floating around, but nothing's been done."
Mahay's stock has certainly risen because of his recent performances. On Sunday against Tampa Bay, he relieved Kyle Davies with runners at second and third and no outs. Mahay got three outs without a run scoring, then pitched a perfect seventh. On Tuesday night at Oakland he worked a scoreless eighth to set up another Joakim Soria save.
In fact, going into Wednesday's game against the A's, Mahay had been scored on just twice in his last 21 innings -- a 0.71 ERA in that span. Overall, he had a 5-0 record and a 1.78 ERA.
Manager Trey Hillman, after talking to general manager Dayton Moore early Wednesday, said the Royals seemed to have nothing afoot.
"Everything seems to be pretty quiet," Hillman said. "I find it hard to believe that anybody that's in good standing in the race and might need left-handed help would not be interested in our left-hander down there. But, as far as I know, there's not anybody willing to pay what should be paid for him. He's a valuable asset; obviously he's not somebody I want us to lose."
Mahay's contributions to the Royals go beyond the mound, Hillman said.
"He's a great teammate. He's the same every day, doesn't get too high or too low," Hillman said. "I was told in Spring Training by someone who had him in years past that 'He'll make everybody around him better just because of his professionalism and the way he goes about his business,' and I believe that's true."
Mahay and the Royals are off on Thursday when the Trade Deadline comes around.
"I'll be playing with my kids," he said, "hoping I don't get a phone call."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.