The GM meetings have begun in California, meaning trades are in the air. Maybe not honest to God sign-on-the-dotted-line trades--those generally are reserved for the coming months, including the general meetings in December--but the waters will be tested and players shopped as the decision makers gather together.

For the Red Sox, there is one name that stands front and center when it comes to trade talks: Jacoby Ellsbury. Seen as unlikely to resign with the team after his contract runs out, there are many interested in seeing the kind of return the center fielder could bring, even one (awful, injury-ruined) year after he vied for the title of American League Most Valuable Player.

Well, those who are hoping for him to be shopped may be disappointed. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are reluctant--"disinclined" to use his word--to trade the intriguing outfielder.