Phillies infielder Michael Young has a full no-trade clause and will become a free agent at the end of the season. (USA Today Images)
Updated 12:12 p.m.
The non-waiver trade deadline passed on July 31, but that doesn't mean the Phillies can't still make a deal.
A source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury on Thursday that Michael Young has cleared waivers. The story was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Not long after the initial report, and about two hours before Thursday's 1 p.m. start, the Phillies scratched Young from the lineup with a tight hamstring (see story). Young said he was unaware if there was a trade in the works and if Thursday's game was a scheduled night game, he would be able to play.
To trade a player after July 31, that player has to first be placed on waivers. Had Young been claimed, the Phillies could have either worked out a deal with the team who claimed him or simply pulled him off waivers. Now that he's cleared waivers, he can be traded to any other club.
But Young, of course, has a full no-trade clause. Prior to the July 31 deadline, Young said he was only willing to waive that clause in the interest of a return to the Rangers, but later softened his stance to include potential deals with the Red Sox and Yankees. He will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Young has played third base for the Phillies all season, but in four of his six games since the deadline, he's started at first base, making room for minor-league call-up Cody Asche at third base. In 106 games this season, he's batting .276 with a .343 OBP, eight home runs and 36 RBIs.