Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says that the Yankees offered a decent deal for Michael Young, but Ruben Amaro shot it down.
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 — believed to be righthanded pitcher Tommy Kahnle — to Philly and pay the $5 million to go on Young’s deal. Amaro rejected the offer.
If that’s the case, it’s hard to understand the reasoning behind the non-move. Does Amaro think he can get more out of a desperate team before the waiver deadline? Is Michael Young likely to come back to Philadelphia next season?
Heyman goes on to say that Amaro didn’t believe it was enough in return. Cashman is also believed to have inquired about Carlos Ruiz, to which he was turned down completely, being told he was unavailable.
If that is the case, it’s borderline unacceptable. Michael Young, as great a player as he has been in his career, plus being a consumate professional, is not part of the future of this club. Carlos Ruiz is about to be a 35-year-old catcher that has one home run and will be a free agent. That says it all.
It’s hard to get a read on what Amaro is going for these days.