The Boston Red Sox non-tendered a player that at one point had looked like he was going to blossom into a star until a variety of injuries got in his way. Outfielder Ryan Kalish looked like he was heading towards a regular starting position in 2010, but he has never been able to return to that level of play and was let go by Boston.
In 2010, Kalish was voted the Red Sox Rookie of the Year. He batted .252 and led the team with 10 stolen bases. He was also incredible on defense and made some unforgettable diving catches. That was basically the high point of his Boston and currently major league career. The next year, he ran into a fence in Pawtucket and that caused him to miss most of the season. He hasn’t been the same since.
It is disappointing that Boston let him go considering how much promise Kalish holds and how talented he is. I understand that a team can only wait so long but in my mind, Kalish is worth it. As good of a player Daniel Nava is, if Kalish was healthy, he would probably have the position of platooning with Jonny Gomes.
Kalish adds the extra dimension of speed that is always an important weapon for a team to have, especially with the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury. It would be painful to see him in a Chicago Cubs uniform showing the promise that he did while in Boston.
Chicago GM Jed Hoyer was smart to grab Kalish once he was available. Hoyer was in the Boston organization and is familiar with him, so he knew what Kalish can bring to the table. It is still way to early to write him off. He still has all the makings of a very dynamic player.