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Update: Mahay Trade ‘Not Close’

UPDATE (2:41 p.m.): Jayson Stark has now taken back his original report, saying the teams are not close to a deal. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports backs it up.

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The Phillies are very close to trading infielder Jason Donald for left-handed pitcher Ron Mahay.

Mahay, 37, is 5-0 with a 1.81 ERA this season for the Royals. Donald, 23, was in AA Reading and ready to play for the U.S. olympic team in Beijing.

This would solidify the Phillies campaign to get a left-handed reliever. Lefty JA Happ, originally figured to be joining the Phillies after Adam Eaton’s demotion, is still in limbo.

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  1. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    maybe they will accept adam eaton and brett myers, hahahah

  2. Chase Mutley

    July 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t hate this trade. If the offense can produce like they have the past few games and like we know they can, this bullpen can really shut ’em down.

  3. Phil

    July 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I’m actually a big fan of this trade. I just wish we could trade Rollins away somehow and keep Donald.

  4. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    they need an everyday right fielder before the offense is complete. i need a nother body out there who you can trust.

    id feel better about this trade if donald wasnt in it, but if they do that then whatever. jsut dont screw up.

  5. Tim Malcolm

    July 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Come on, Phil. Let’s trade an MVP and proven top player so we can hold onto a 23-year-old who will could pan out to be comprable to Rich Aurilia. I’ll have more on this soon, once it breaks.

  6. Phil

    July 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Rollins could land you an ace or at least a really solid #2 guy. Rollins is a team cancer this year.

  7. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    id evem move rollins out of here for a number 2 guy whos under contract for another year or so….

  8. Mike M.

    July 29, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    A 37 year old relief pitcher who’s owed 4 million next year for a pretty solid infield prospect. Sounds like a Phillies deadline move.

  9. Tim Malcolm

    July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    But Donald is NOT ready to contribute to a pennant-contending club. Not even close. And Bruntlett filling in for the remainder of the year won’t suffice.

  10. Rob

    July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Donald is a fresh draft pick and he’s at least 2 to 3 years away from the majors AND he would have to play out of position (jkenn)… I absolutely love this trade. The phillies are instantly better and sacrificed a prayer.

  11. jeff

    July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    lets stop with the trade rollins talk. Its not gonna happen, and for good reason. He’s done some stupid things this year, but hes the reigning MVP and still probably in the top 3 shortstops in the NL.

    Love the Mahay move. Having only Romero from the left side is probably the bullpen’s only weakness. Donald is probably a solid major leaguer, but not close to better than Rollins.

    Gillick pushes in some chips in his last year…

  12. NEPA

    July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I guess you guys are truly fed up with Rollins. I don’t think I’m quite ready to give up on him just yet.

  13. rob

    July 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I agree with Mutley. I think this trade could work out very well for the phils. Rollins is not going to be traded so Donald is not going to get to the phillies for a while.

  14. Matt

    July 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Mike Williams II.

  15. Chase Mutley

    July 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Phil, honestly, when have you ever heard of trading All-Star players for All-Star players? The math and common sense just doesn’t add up. You pay for an ace in FA. You trade prospects for an ace towards the end of a contract. Rarely do you ever see trading top position players for top pitching.

  16. Matt

    July 29, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Rob – You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. That’s what I hate about this site, nobody is really in tune with the farm system on this board. Donald is destined to be here in 2010, and could be here in mid-09 if he hits well in AAA next year.

    Horrible, horrible trade.

  17. KENNEDY

    July 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    This would be an awesome trade for the Phillies. The time for us to win is now, while guys like Burrell and Howard are still under contract. Donald won’t be in the majors for years, and Mahay is having a really good year. Who cares how old he is, he can clearly pitch (1.81 era in 54 innings, 7th best in mlb among guys with more then 40 innings). Lets just hope they do a physical.

  18. Rob

    July 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    hope this guy gets a physical

  19. Phil

    July 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    AA>AAA

    Donald is ready now or at the very least by 09. That guy is going to be a stud. Don’t trade a stud for a 37 year old relief pitcher. We already gave up a stud for Blanton. Come on now…

  20. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    exactly rob…give him a physical by an INDEPENDENT practitioner.

  21. NEPA

    July 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of talk on here lately about having to make moves to win NOW, and that’s what this move screams. Donald is a solid prospect but he’s blocked by the reigning MVP and won’t see the bigs for a long, long time. With Mahay, we solidify the bullpen and give Romero some much needed rest. This guy has an ERA of 1.81 and a WHIP of 1.19, those are pretty ridiculous numbers. I love the move, trading a MAYBE of the future for a DEFINITE (or as close as they come for a reliever) of the present, let’s win now.

  22. Rob

    July 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    word kennedy

  23. KENNEDY

    July 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    matt, donald is blocked. not pulling the trigger on this kind of deal is the sort of thing that leads to a team finishing 3 games out of the playoffs every year.

  24. Chase Mutley

    July 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Matt — why are you planning for something that might happen in 2010? Who knows what this team looks like in 2010? I think this team wins it all this or next year or they start from scratch. You can’t keep f’ing around with Howard or Hamels before one of them wants out of here. This team likely won’t be contenders in 2010. Who our starting SS will be in 2010 is of little concern for a team in a pennant race in 2008.

  25. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    if they keep bringign happ up and down theyll run through his options and lose him to waivers. idiots. leave the man up here this time!!!!!!!!!

    if you need to make room, cut taguchi or secretly trade brett myers.

  26. KENNEDY

    July 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    the stupidest fans are the ones who think that every guy who is hitting 300 in class A is a “stud”.

  27. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    it doesnt mean that necessarily, but it doesnt have to mean: trade him for 37 year old man either.

  28. Matt

    July 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Why would this team start from scratch if they didn’t win this year. Do you guys really think a situational lefty is going to get through the Cubs or Brewers this year?

    I agree this move would help us get to the playoffs. I’m telling you, I’ve seen Donald play a lot this year, and watched Utley play in the minors, and this guy has a lot of the same characteristics. An IF of Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Donald would be awesome in late 2009 / early 2010.

    If he was part of a piece of the puzzle to get us a legitimate SP like Holliday, or someone else, I’d be more open to it. I’m just not willing to trade a future starting 3B (I’m not sure why nobody can really get that through their head, he’s not roadblocked), for a LOOG.

  29. Tim Malcolm

    July 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Truth is, Donald was coming up in September and would be ready for a 25-man roster by Opening Day 2009. Problem is he doesn’t exactly have 3B range and is much more apt as a shortstop or second baseman. He’s blocked. They would’ve had to trade Donald, and now is a good time considering his value is high (almost ready to contribute, Olympic player).

    Matt – In general a lot of Phils fans don’t know much about the farm system. That’s OK. But it’s good to have some knowledge.

  30. Matt

    July 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Why would this team start from scratch if they didn’t win this year. Do you guys really think a situational lefty is going to get through the Cubs or Brewers this year?

    I agree this move would help us get to the playoffs. I’m telling you, I’ve seen Donald play a lot this year, and watched Utley play in the minors, and this guy has a lot of the same characteristics. An IF of Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Donald would be awesome in late 2009 / early 2010.

    If he was part of a piece of the puzzle to get us a legitimate SP like Holliday, or someone else, I’d be more open to it. I’m just not willing to trade a future starting 3B (I’m not sure why nobody can really get that through their head, he’s not roadblocked), for a LOOG.

  31. Phil

    July 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Well, considering that Cardenas was looked at as one of our best prospects, and teams called Billy Beane about him immediately after acquiring him has to say something.

  32. J-Man

    July 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Pull the plug on this trade and do it Gillick…I don’t mind trading Donald it’s not like he’s going to see the majors because J-Roll is blocking him from coming up and J-Rolls not going anywhere anytime soon.

  33. Chase Mutley

    July 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Matt, I respect your argument but I never said they would be starting from scratch. I said that this team is going to look different and in 2010. We *might* not even be in it in 2010 so how would that “stud” third baseman help us then. Sure, we very well *might* be in it in two years but the truth is we ARE in it right now, a lefty out of the bullpen is one of our weaknesses, so we might as well make a push for it.

    We’re likely losing one of our best hitters at the end of this year. We likely won’t have Howard in 2010. You might be very right, but it does us little good now.

  34. Tim Malcolm

    July 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Looks like just some server troubles, probably due to high volume.

  35. Phil

    July 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    You probably read Metsblog to post about how bad Hamels is on it.

  36. Vernon Dozier

    July 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    How does trading a 23 year old for a 37 year old not fall under the “mortgaging the future” category? Whether or not we project a minor league player to have his path to the big leagues blocked, it’s still a risky move. I’m not a fan of this proposed deal, and in 95% of the moves Gillick has made during his tenure. The key players on this team are still the players that Fast Eddie left him.

  37. Richie Allen

    July 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Well we have until 12 on Thursday so I guess the rumors will start flying now..The Mahay rumor had everyone going..Manny was a good one …..Everyone is so concerned with our prospects,..lets get help now..we’re only 1/2 game out.

  38. rob

    July 29, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    If this trade does not go down. This could potentially open the door for a Howard trade in the winter, and moving Utley to first, then Donald to 2nd.

    Unfortuantely the Phils are still stuck with Eaton and Jenkins next year. At least Myers could be a little easier to move.

  39. Richie Allen

    July 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I think we do need a secret trade to dump Myers…SSSHHHHHHH,dont tell anybody….

  40. Doug

    July 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    The point that people tend to be making on here is this, “It’s fine to trade these players away for so-so returns because their position is ‘blocked’ within our system by guys like Utley and Rollins.”

    Value has nothing to do with the Phillies’ needs. Just because we aren’t in need of a player at a given position doesn’t diminish his value unless there are 29 other teams who also don’t have a need at that position (never).

    A near-majors-ready player at any position is a valued quantity and shouldn’t be traded away hastily. I’m not saying Mahay isn’t worth it b/c I’m not intimately familiar with him and his numbers do look good.

    I just disagree with the reasoning and justification some folks are using for it.

  41. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Cardenas has value, but the other two guys didnt. even outman, reliever prospects are strange anyway. their either ready to come up like imediately or they get bounced around.

  42. Don M

    July 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    The Phillies have been DESPERATE for a legit 3b prospect for a few years.. they thought they had one in Costanzo.. he got traded.. obviously they knew that Donald wasn’t moving up at SS.. If he was going to one day play 3b, wouldn’t they have been playing him there this year??

    Tim… the past week, I keep getting shut out of here for lengths of time with that WORDPRESS ERROR or whatever it is.. any idea what thats about or why that happens?

  43. scot

    July 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    seriously, is the only argument against mahay his age? looking at his stats, i don’t give a damn if the guy is 60 years old. if he matches comes close to matching those numbers for the Phils this year (and next, as he’s under contract) this is a very good and necessary trade for the phils.

  44. Don M

    July 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Is someone paying Geoff $1.00 for every time he mentions “secret trades” on here today??

    AND… is Tim secretly trying to trade Geoff to METSBLOG ???

    “MEtsR#1” has some potential, as does “david” from the other day.

  45. Don M

    July 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    scot.. its just people getting carried away and not being able to look past the fact that the guys we traded recently weren’t coming up the major league level anytime soon because they had All-Stars and MVPs in their positions, AND.. they can’t see that the recent pitching additions, while not BLOCKBUSTER enough for some fans, do in fact make this team better without mortgaging the future.

  46. Geoff

    July 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    metsblog is the crummiest blog ive ever seen. its not even worth commenting on.

  47. scot

    July 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    i actually read metsblog every day. i don’t think it’s terrible outside of the comments section.

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