Given their depth in the rotation and bullpen, and their need for a bat, it seems like a tidy little solution for the Yanks to look into moving Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, both of whom will be free agents -- and both of whom have been rendered less important this year by inconsistent performance and the emergence of others.

Only problem? Rivals doubt that either pitcher would bring much of a return. “They’re not going to get much from those guys,” said one National League executive whose team could be looking for pitching in the coming weeks, and who is not impressed by either Hughes or Chamberlain. “Nobody is giving up an impact bat, or a prospect, especially because you’re only getting half a season of those guys.”

Don’t you think (I asked this NL exec) that a senior circuit team, especially one that plays in a large ballpark, would be tempted by the fly ball-allowing Hughes? “Again,” he answered, “I don’t think teams would give up a whole lot."

The former phenoms have been average at best in 2013 (and, really, through most of their careers). Hughes is 3-6 this year, with a 5.09 ERA; Chamberlain has a 5.60 ERA in 18 games, with 21 strikeouts and one icon shushing.

Other stuff:

-- One rival executive said that while trade talk around the league remains mostly quiet and preliminary, as is typical with more than a month to go before the deadline, Washington has emerged as the most aggressive team. “They’re calling everybody, trying to do something,” the exec said. “They’re looking for pitching, and they’re being really aggressive.”

The Nationals are a bit thin on rotation depth, with Dan Haren fading (he was ineffective this, year, and is now on the disabled list) and Chris Young sporting a 7.88 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse. The Nats’ need for help in that area is well known, and their Beltway buddies face the same problem; the Orioles are also calling around for starters, according to our source.

-- The Marlins, known to be willing to move Ricky Nolasco, are also “being very aggressive, calling everybody about their pitchers,” according to one NL official. A separate source said that the Mets and Marlins briefly batted around Nolasco’s name in February, during the preliminary chats regarding Giancarlo Stanton that we reported on back in April. "They are desperate to move Nolasco," the source said.

The Mets, who have no reason to make a midseason trade for a free-agent-to-be, are no longer a fit for Nolasco, if they ever were. Several reports have listed the Giants as a potential destination for the California native.