"Three years in a row you've asked me that question," Grudzielanek said, chuckling.
"A little bit. I mean I thought if there was a year out of the three, it'd be this year."
At 38, headed for free agency and still hitting .300 and fielding well, Grudzielanek appeared to be a prime candidate to be dealt to a contender. He mused that if general manager Dayton Moore had gotten an offer that made sense for the Royals, he'd have probably taken it.
"He understands what's going on and the value I offer and what I do on the field and off the field," Grudzielanek said.
"He put everything into consideration and I'm still here. For some reason, with where they're headed and how things are right now, he feels that it's better with me here as a player. That could change tomorrow or it could change in a month or it could change next year."
Indeed, Grudzielanek still is a trade possibility although now he'd have to clear waivers first, a likely prospect.
Clearing waivers is hardly likely for left-handed reliever Ron Mahay, who excited the interest of several teams, none of which was willing to pay Moore's price however.
Mahay spent Thursday's open date at home, playing with his three children and keeping tabs on developments.
"I feel good. My family is going to stay put for the next two months and I don't have to hear my kids ask, 'Daddy, am I going to be traded?' anymore," he said.
Mahay kept getting phone calls from his agent that this team had pulled out of negotiations and another team was jumping in and so on.
"A lot of things were pending, I guess," Mahay said. "It was kind of nuts."
In the end, there was no deal and Mahay and his family were relieved.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.