Phils 'not close' on Mahay

July, 29, 2008
A source with knowledge of the Phillies' trading discussions now says they're "not close" to any deal for left-handed reliever Ron Mahay. They plan to continue to explore all their left-handed relief options.

According to clubs that have been speaking with the Royals, they've been having extensive conversations with the Phillies about a trade that would send Mahay to Philadelphia for shortstop prospect Jason Donald, a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team.

It's believed that as many as 10 teams have contacted the Royals about Mahay, who is signed for next year at $4 million. Most of them have come away with the impression that the Royals aren't motivated to trade him. But in Donald, the Phillies have a commodity for which Kansas City has been searching aggressively. So the fit appears better with the Phillies than with any of the other teams on the Royals' list.

Jayson Stark | email

ESPN Senior Writer



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