The Red Sox talking potential trades for a veteran starter sure looks like the start of a selloff, as some have suggested.

Not necessarily. Or at least not yet.

The Red Sox are indeed in talks with a few teams, including the Cardinals, with Jake Peavy and other names coming up. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Red Sox are waving the white flag.

Boston wouldn't mind using talented rookie Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation, and Peavy is currently blocking his path. Additionally, Peavy, a loser of seven straight (though much of that is due to a lack of support) may frankly be better suited to go back to the NL at this stage of his career.

While the defending World Series champs are struggling, and could end up having to conduct a more extensive sale later, word is they aren't yet prepared to give up in a surprisingly unimposing AL East.