07/31/08 5:35 PM ET
Royals quiet on Thursday's trade front
Deadline passes with no deals coming to fruition in Kansas City
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Although left-handed reliever Ron Mahay and second baseman Mark Grudzielanek were among the Royals players rumored to be of interest, the Royals announced at 3 p.m. CT that no trades had been made.
"The last four or five days, obviously, we've been in a lot of discussions and a lot of meetings and talked over a lot of different scenarios," general manager Dayton Moore said, "but we were never real close to what I would call making a deal."
Mahay, who has a 5-0 record and 1.75 ERA in 47 relief appearances, might have been the most sought-after Royals player.
"Sure, there was interest in Ron Mahay, as there was interest in all our relief pitchers -- every single one of them," Moore said. "But we just weren't motivated to move them -- unless somebody comes and knocks your socks off with a deal that you can't afford not to do."
Moore emerged from the day with his socks firmly in place.
There was talk that Grudzielanek, who is hitting .300 and has been the Royals' No. 3 hitter often of late, had drawn interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"No, it's an absolute lie. I'm not going to call them rumors anymore," Moore said. "I'm just going to call them lies. There's so much stuff that's just laughable."
He said there wasn't all that much hard interest in such young starting pitchers as Zack Greinke and Brian Bannister, or veteran Gil Meche, who has a no-trade contract.
"Not really, we made it pretty clear we're committed to those guys together. That's not to say that, from time to time, people don't inquire in casual conversation, but it's just not something we're interested in doing unless, of course, it makes perfect sense and you have to do it," Moore said.
The Royals want to upgrade their run production by putting more punch into the lineup but they were not willing to give up pitching talent for what was available in the marketplace.
Moore said all the trade talk was not wasted, however.
"I thought we accomplished a lot in our discussions and possibly laid the groundwork for further opportunities to improve our team," he said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.