It's been deathly silent on the Phil Hughes market for at least a week now, but things are finally heating up in the final hours before the deadline.
Bob Nightengale first reported that the Yankees had started receiving offers for Hughes a little while ago. Chris Cotillo has followed up on that by reporting that 2 offers are in already and the Yankees are working to make a move. There's only a few hours left before the deadline, so if something happens it'll have to come together very quickly. More on this story as it develops.
** UPDATE 2:43 PM- Joel Sherman reporting that the Braves talked to the Yankees about Hughes but a deal is unlikely in these final minutes. **
** UPDATE 3:17 PM- That's it. Nothing. No moves for Hughes or Michael Young, who was also a hot rumored name in the final few hours. Yankees will stand pat with Soriano and their returning players. Cash scheduled to address the media in a few minutes. **
IT IS HIGH! IT IS FAR! IT IS... caught.: "I knew that Scranton would play a role in all of this. I have booked a seat on the 8:20 p.m. Greyhound out of Durham. I arrive in Scranton at 2:20 p.m., tomorrow afternoon. There is free wifi on every Greyhound bus now, there are individual power outlets, and I am told that the legroom situation has improved significantly. I'm no prima donna, but comfort matters when you are tracking leads. Today is my sixteenth wedding anniversary, but I told my wife that this is important. This comes first. She didn't reply. I have budgeted one full day in Scranton before I take the Sunday night Greyhound to Tampa in order to track down Alphonso's and ALL CAPS's leads. I am on the Express Bus, and I will arrive two days later (just before noon on Tuesday). Not bad for $252 and only 3 transfers. Watch for regular updates from the road."
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