Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox collected just four hits in his last six games, as of Monday.
>Trade rumors swirl
The left-hander was hitting .300 one week ago, but his average has dipped to .269.
He went one for three Monday against Detroit with a run scored and a stolen base, following a two for five day at the dish in the finale of a three-game set against the New York Yankees Sunday.
Ellsbury, who missed nearly the entire first half of the season with a shoulder injury, has emerged as trade bait for the Red Sox. On Monday, several trade rumors indicated a possible trade that would land Ellsbury on the Philadelphia Phillies roster this off season. But, trade rumors are just that, rumors.
A trade may be difficult for Boston because Ellsbury is set to be a free agent after next season and he is represented by agent Scott Boras -- not exactly a cheap combination for interested team.s