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Ben Cherington quick hits

NASHVILLE -- Some quick hits after meeting Wednesday afternoon with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington:

• He all but ruled out trading Jacoby Ellsbury. "That's not our intent. We're expecting Jacoby to have a really good year and he's a huge part of what we're doing. ... Our expectations are that Jacoby will be here and be our center fielder."

Cherington would not say how many teams inquired about Ellsbury.

"We had a number of guys that were really wanted by teams. We're not looking to move guys off our roster. We're looking to add guys on to our roster. But you have to listen and learn and have communication."

• Even though Shane Victorino tweeted out a picture of himself in a Red Sox cap, Cherington still did not confirm the deal, as he's awaiting the physical that makes it official. "I'm glad he feels that way," Cherington said.

He said he has not talked with either Cody Ross or his agent since news of the Victorino agreement hit Tuesday, but insisted Ross remained an option.

"Any time you potentially add a player with a significant contract and dollars," he said, alluding to Victorino, "it becomes a little tougher to add more. But I don't want to rule anything out."

• Cherington admitted he met with a player this week, as ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald reported Monday, and while he did not acknowledge that it was Josh Hamilton, there is little doubt it was with the free-agent outfielder.

• Cherington would not say whether the Red Sox were looking to add an every-day shortstop or a backup to Jose Iglesias.

"We're just trying to be opportunistic on that," he said. "We feel Jose is ready to compete for the job. We're not ready to give it to him."

• Cherington said he was unsure whether the Sox would make any more moves before he leaves here Thursday. Asked whether he thought the Sox were more likely to add pitching through free agency or a trade, he said: "We're not close enough to anything to handicap. But we're definitely talking both."