Heading into Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the New York Yankees had interest in Milwaukee Brewers third basemen Aramis Ramirez and Philadelphia Phillies third basemen Michael Young, however it looks like neither one will be on the block before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported that Ramirez will be on the disabled list with a knee injury, which means he won't be back for the Brewers until sometime in August.
The 35-year-old third basemen was hitting .271 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 54 games for the Brewers before being put on the DL earlier this month. Ramirez still has two years and $30 million left on his deal, so if the Yankees were going to pursue him, it wouldn't have been the typical rental and could have played multiple positions in the Yankees infield and lineup.
With regards to Young, Danny Knobler from CBS Sports reports that the Phillies are now not going to be selling, especially since they are now 49-49 and just seven games back of the first place Atlanta Braves in the National League East.
Young is in the final year of his contract and would have been a three-month rental if he were dealt to the Yankees. The Boston Red Sox were also rumored to be in the mix for the 36-year-old Young.
Young is currently hitting .288 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 90 games for the Phillies, who may finally have found some life into their lineup.
The Yankees were looking for some right-handed power in the wake of Mark Teixeira's season-ending wrist surgery last month and Kevin Youkilis' back surgery that has taken him out until late September. The team will get Alex Rodriguez back on Monday, but they still need a bat to help compliment Lyle Overbay at first base, who has been playing every day.
So now with both Young and Ramirez off the market and off the board for the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman will have to look elsewhere in order to make a deal.
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