In the aftermath of yesterday's agreement with free agent outfielder Shane Victorino, conventional wisdom held that the Red Sox had the flexibility to trade center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Not so fast. "No, that's not our intent," general manager Ben Cherington said today. "We're expecting Jacoby to have a really big year in 2013, be a huge part of what we're doing. You answer the phone and take the calls and listen to ideas, but our expectation is Jacoby will be here and be our center fielder." In fact, as the Red Sox listen to potential offers for Ellsbury, they may find his market isn't as robust as it may seem. He's coming off a second injury-marred season in the past three years, and he's eligible for free agency after next season. He's also represented by agent Scott Boras, who typically advises his clients to test the market rather than sign contract extensions before the reach free agency.
Ben Cherington: 'Not our intent' to trade Ellsbury
Boston Herald | Dec 5