The Phillies' sale was a complete washout.
But it wasn't only for lack of interest on the part of other teams.
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. Kahnle, 23, is 1-2 with a 2.42 ERA at Double-A Trenton, having allowed just 23 hits in 44 2/3 innings. He has 52 strikeouts but 30 walks, suggesting he needs to work on control.
Word is, from the Phillies camp that the money wasn't really an issue for Amaro and he apparently didn't feel that prospect was enough for Young. There was discussion of a second proposal for a different Yankee prospect closer to the big leagues, but Amaro ultimately declined to do that deal, as well.
Then Cashman asked about Phillies veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, and was told that Ruiz, who has one home run this year, is not available. No offer was made there, and word from a Phillies-connected persoon is that Amaro didn't feel like he had an adequate replacement to start at catcher for the Phillies.
Both Young and Ruiz are free agents after the year. The Phillies just promoted third-base prospect Cody Asche, and Young played first base Wednesday, but they are short of catchers ready for the bigs.
The Phillies lost to the Giants 9-2, their ninth defeat in the last 10 games.