ESPN's Buster Olney joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday morning for a Hot Stove update, and he talked about the possibility of the Red Sox trading center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
"It's clear that the list of teams that could be a potential match on an Ellsbury deal is pretty small, because of all the circumstances -- because he's a free agent after next season, because he's represented by Scott Boras and the team that gets him isn't going to have much hope of signing him to a contract extension," Olney said. "I think one thing is pretty clear is that if they trade him, Ellsbury, they're not going to get a huge return on him.
"In fact, a couple of minutes ago I got a text message from a National League official who said the Red Sox are listening on [Jon] Lester, listening on Ellsbury. Their sense is that they're not especially motivated, unless some team overpays. So it might be that they hang on to Ellsbury."
Olney said the Reds are a potential trade partner due to Cincinnati's surplus of pitching, and the Braves have shown a willingness to trade a pitcher as well.
"It is interesting that even after the [Shane] Victorino signing, Boston is still talking with Cody Ross, still talking with a rep for Nick Swisher," Olney noted. "So, it tells you that they are leaving open the possibility that there's going to be an Ellsbury trade."