With the MLB general manager meetings going on this week, Peter Abraham provides some updates about the happenings in Indian Wells, Calif.:
• Asked two Red Sox officials the same question: “Any interest in trading Jacoby Ellsbury?”
First answer: “No.”
Second answer: “I’m sure we would listen. But no.”
• Arizona GM Kevin Towers said he is not looking to trade OF Justin Upton but would listen. Sure, the Red Sox would have an interest, but Towers wants major league players back and unless they want to give up Will Middlebrooks or a starting pitcher, it’s uncertain how the Sox have a match.
Upton, by the way, does not have the Red Sox on his no-trade list. He did at one time but no longer.
• MLB vice president Joe Torre said the GMs met Wednesday to discuss ways to control roster sizes in September. Everybody seems to agree there has to be system to keep one team from having 25 or 26 players and another 35 or more.
“Each team should have equal number of players available every day,” Torre said. “I just think you play the whole season with one set of rules and the most important time of the year, especially for clubs that are in a pennant race, I just don’t think it’s fair for it to be done (with a) different number of roster people.”
• Torre also said expanding replay is inevitable. Again, it’s a matter of determining how best to do that.
• The Orioles have interest in Cody Ross. So do the Phillies.
• The Rangers seem almost determined not to have Josh Hamilton back. Doesn’t that seem to be a red flag?
• The Mariners, now that Ichiro is gone, can afford Hamilton. They also need offense and are moving the fences in at Safeco Field.
• A candid Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said his team did not make a qualifying offer to Edwin Jackson because he thought there were better options out there. It’s amazing how often Jackson switches teams.
• Heard this: Troy Tulowitzki is open to a trade from the Rockies.
• No shock here, but no Red Sox players are finalists for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young or MVP. There’s a decent chance that no Sox receive a vote in any of the awards.