It was all quiet on the Philadelphia front Wednesday afternoon as the trade deadline passed, but not because the Phillies weren't fielding any offers. The New York Yankees made attempts to acquire both infielder Michael Young and catcher Carlos Ruiz as the deadline approached, but their proposals were spurned by GM Ruben Amaro, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, upon hearing that Young would waive his no-trade clause to come to the Bronx, made two different offers to take the veteran infielder off of the Phillies' hands for the remainder of the season. Both proposals included a prospect -- it's unclear which ones -- and $5 million to cover the rest of Young's salary. Amaro turned them down.
Still intent on nabbing a player to bolster the club's bench, Cashman then turned his sights on Ruiz, another veteran set to hit free agency in the fall. The Yankees GM didn't even have time to make an offer for the backstop, however, because Amaro deemed him unavailable. According to Heyman, Amaro did not feel that the team had a player who could be an "adequate replacement" for the veteran. NB: Ruiz is hitting .248/.298/.293 with one home run. Also, Erik Kratz says hello.
At 50-57 on the season, the Phillies sit 12½ games back of both the Braves in the NL East and the Cardinals in the Wild Card. Given their predicament, it's unclear why the club felt it necessary to hang on to aging parts that will be leaving in two months, but there's always a chance they'll move them and others -- Cliff Lee, perhaps -- on the waiver wire in August.