WHAT WAS CLOSE: The Yankees had talks with the Phillies about a trade for Michael Young, who could have helped them as a right-handed first baseman/third baseman/DH.
Young informed the Phillies at 1:30 p.m. that he would wave his no-trade clause to come to the Yankees, sources said. The Yankees, despite media reports, did not officially hear this news from the Phillies until about an hour later. The two sides spoke about trade, but could never come to an agreement.
NO ONE WANTED JOBA: The Yankees were willing to trade Joba Chamberlain for just about anything. They couldn't find anyone who would take him. Chamberlain could be traded in waiver deal or he could possibly be released at some point. He is a free agent at the end of the year, but the Yankees are not expected to re-sign him.
HUGHES-FUL?Phil Hughes was not dealt and there did not seem to be much interest in him. Teams that are contenders didn't think they could trust him as a starter, while others will just wait until he is a free agent.
The Yankees could still get something for Hughes this offseason if they make the nearly $14 million qualifying offer to him. If he accepts, he would be back on a one-year deal. If not, he would go on the open market and if he signs with another team, the Yankees would receive a first-round pick.
MORE INFO SOON: Brian Cashman is holding a conference call at 4:30 and Wallace Matthews will be on it.
QUESTION: Do the Yankees have enough to win a wild-card spot?