Michael Young has ten years in the major leagues and five years with the Rangers. By virtue of those so-called "10/5 rights," he has the ability to veto any trade. Indications in the past have been that that veto power is something he would exercise in most cases, making it more difficult to even contemplate trading Young.

However, Evan Grant writes that two sources say the Rangers have talked to Young's camp about whether he would waive his 10/5 rights, presumably as part of a potential deal with either the Philadelphia Phillies or the New York Yankees. The Phillies need a third baseman for 2013, and the Yankees' third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, will miss at least a part of the 2013 season because of hip surgery.

The Rangers would presumably need to absorb the majority of Young's salary, and would likely get little or nothing of value in return. So why would Texas entertain such a possibility?