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Michael Young could be back in play

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This one has gone back and forth a few times in the past 48 hours or so.

Mark Feinsand is reporting that Michael Young would waive his no-trade clause for a trade to the Yankees. [2] Of course, that’s after previous reports that he would agree to a trade only to the Rangers, then maybe to the Red Sox, then maybe not to the Red Sox, and even a report that he might not waive his no-trade clause for anyone.

A source just told me that the Phillies have “nothing” imminent on Young, but with the trade deadline a little more than an hour and a half away, I’d guess that situation could change in a hurry.

Oh, and by the way, former Yankees prospect Ian Kennedy is on the move again. He’s been reportedly traded to the Padres. [3]Kennedy still has two years of arbitration remaining, which likely made him a more valuable trade commodity than Phil Hughes.

UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Phillies are “skeptical” they’ll move Young. [4] Could be a message to gain leverage and set expectation that they’re willing to hold onto Young, but I was told not long ago that there was nothing legitimately close.

Also, another former Yankee is on the move: Outfielder Justin Maxwell — who I don’t think ever actually played in the big leagues with the Yankees — is heading to the Royals from Houston. [5]

UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: The Orioles have reportedly improved their rotation by trading for Astros starter Bud Norris. [6]