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.