Found August 01, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Entering yesterday, there was expectation around the league that the Philadelphia Phillies would be making at least one, if not several, deadline deals. Michael Young was viewed as a goner, considering the Phils called up third baseman Cody Asche. There were also rumors surrounding Carlos Ruiz, Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and Chase Utley, but the Phillies ultimately held tight, not making any trades yesterday. Their lack of activity wasn't the result of a lack of effort from other clubs. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees asked the Phillies about Young and Ruiz yesterday, but in the end they were rebuffed on both accounts. At one point, Young would reportedly only accept a trade to the Texas Rangers. It then came out that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause to join the Boston Red Sox. An hour prior to yesterday's deadline, this list increased to also include the Yankees. While the Phillies appeared motivated to move Young, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly turned down an offer from counterpart Brian Cashman of $5 million -- enough to cover Young's remaining tab -- and Double-A prospect Tommy Kahnle. Heyman says that money wasn't an issue for Philadelphia, and Amaro wasn't satisfied with the prospect. After further discussions, those talks died. After that, Cashman came back to ask about Ruiz. He was reportedly told that the backstop wasn't available, as the Phillies don't feel they have an adequate replacement, especially after losing Erik Kratz to injury. Whatever the case, the Phillies held tight, not buying or selling. The Yankees failed to add a third baseman or bat, but they should have the month of August to explore the waiver wire. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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