Red Sox Rumors: Boston Not Intending to Trade Jacoby Ellsbury

During his session with the media yesterday, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters, including Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, that it is not the team’s intent to trade center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury this offseason.

Cherington added that he expects Ellsbury to be a “big part” of what the team does in 2013.

After the Red Sox signed Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million contract earlier this week, speculation began that they could be shopping Ellsbury. Boston is reportedly interested in signing Ellsbury long-term, but his inconsistent play and the fact that Scott Boras is his agent have made it difficult for sides to reach an agreement on the center fielder’s value.

Ellsbury is under contract for one more season and will likely earn something in the $8-9 million range after a disappointing and injury-plagued 2012 season. After posting MVP-like numbers in 2012, the 29-year-old only managed an OPS of .682 over 74 games last season.

One of the rumors that is floating around would send Ellsbury to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a package built around young starter Vance Worley.

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