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Well, this is depressing. Via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke on the phone around 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, an hour before the trade deadline, at which time Amaro confirmed what the Yankees had been reading in the media: Michael Young was willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees.
So Cashman offered to send a prospect to Philly and pay the $5 million to go on Young’s deal. And Amaro rejected the deal.
Then Cashman asked about Phillies veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, and was told that Ruiz, who has one home run this year, is not available.
It is understandable to not sell Ruiz since his value is at its lowest point and the organization doesn’t have any true Major League-ready catching prospects yet. Ruiz may be willing to accept a one-year deal with the Phillies, allowing them to bide their time for Tommy Joseph or Cameron Rupp. That’s one justification, but ideally, one strives to get anything of even modest value for a 34-year-old catcher on the verge of free agency.
To not trade Michael Young, however, is mind-boggling. The Phillies have two third base prospects in Cody Asche and Maikel Franco, the former recently promoted and looking to prove himself at the Major League level for the first time. Young serves no purpose for future Phillies teams. That the Yankees were willing to A) give up a “prospect” and B) pay the remaining $5 million Young is owed was a dream come true. Reports had one or the other being realistic.
Now, not only is Young still on the roster while the Phillies got nothing of value, he will be usurping playing time from Asche and Darin Ruf at third and first base, respectively:
Michael Young remains a Phillie. Charlie said he will play him at 1B, 3B. Cody Asche could see OF time.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) July 31, 2013
The Phillies still have the entire month of August to trade players via waivers, so ending July empty-handed isn’t the worst thing. Coming up empty handed and choosing to stunt the development of Asche and Ruf, however, is the worst combination of events. These final two months should be used to let the presumptive future of your team get as much playing time as possible so they can fail and learn, and eventually succeed.