Jacoby Ellsbury holds significant trade value.
With Ellsbury just a year away from free agency and center field prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. on the rise, there has been speculation that the Red Sox would shop Ellsbury –– the 2011 American League MVP runner up –– this offseason in exchange for a premier pitcher.
Speaking on WEEI radio on Thursday, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino denied any rumors that trade talks about Ellsbury were ongoing.
“He’s our center fielder, and there have been no discussions with regard to him that I’m aware of,” Lucchino said. “You don’t know whether someone is going to come to you and make you some kind of proposal but our plan is to have Jacoby Ellsbury as our center fielder this year going forward.”
Lucchino also touched on the club’s change in strategy regarding pursuing free agents. After Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford‘s deals left them financially strapped –– they have since been traded –– last year, Lucchino said the days of handing out mo