According to today’s ProJo blog, Our Man Ellsbury’s been keeping one eye on his workouts and the other on the swirling trade rumors involving him and Johan Santana:

“I’ve been trying not to pay too much attention to it,” he said. “But it’s hard when all your friends, my parents and brothers are calling me because they want the inside scoop on everything. It’s tough just knowing that I have no control over where I play or anything like that.”

Not surprisingly, he’d like to remain in Red.

“Definitely,” he said. “Coming through the minor-league system, winning the World Series and with the team we have coming back — I want to be a part of that next year. I would love to come back, but unfortunately I don’t have any say whatsoever where I end up next year. Wherever I do [go], I will definitely give 100 percent. But I would like to stay a Red Sox.”