It is Michael Young's contractual right to reject any trade proposal presented to him by the Phillies. Young earned that ability when he gained 10-5 rights with Texas and maintained it as part of a stipulation in last winter's trade to Philadelphia.
Young is 36 and felt marginalized in Texas, where he was a popular figure. He accepted the trade to the Phillies because they promised regular playing time at third base. That role will disappear with the promotion of prospect Cody Asche.
If a report by FOXSports.com is true, that Young will accept a trade only to Texas, that severely limits the Phillies' chances at moving him. The Phillies do not expect to fetch a top prospect for Young. The best they can do is receive salary relief (Young is owed $2 million) and a marginal minor-league player.
So if Young is reluctant to go anywhere unfamiliar for two months, where does that leave him on this non-contending team? If the Phillies put Darin Ruf in left field, Young could play some first base while Ryan Howard remains sidelined from his knee surgery.