Red Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish

Red Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish
December 2, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Facing a midnight deadline, the Red Sox Monday night announced that they would not tender 2014 contracts to righthanded reliever Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, making them both free agents.
     
The Sox did tender contracts to five other arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Andrew Miller, Franklin Morales, Burke Badenhop, and Junichi Tazawa; and outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp.
     
The Sox also tendered contracts to 21 other players with zero to two seasons of major league service time.
     
The moves leave the Red Sox with 38 players on their 40-man roster.
     
Bailey underwent shoulder surgery last summer and has been both injury-prone and ineffective in his two seasons with the Red Sox.
     
He missed the first four and a half months of 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair a thumb injury, and upon returning, pitched poorly in the final six weeks of the season, compiling a 7.04 ERA in 19 games.
     
In 2013, he was bypassed by Joel Hanrahan as the team's choice for closer to start the season. When Hanrahan himself got hurt, Bailey took over as closer but lost the job in late June when he suffered three blown save opportunities in the span of 10 days.
     
Bailey was then replaced in the closer's role by Koji Uehara, who became the game's most dominant closer in the second half of the season and helped the Sox win the World Series.
     
Meanwhile, Bailey went down with a shoulder injury two weeks later and underwent surgery. He's not expected to pitch until July next season and the prospect of paying him approximately $4.3 million in salary arbitration didn't appeal to the Red Sox.
     
Kalish, too, has been limited by injuries the last two seasons, related to his shoulder and neck. He had two procedures in 2012 and played only 36 games in the big leagues. Then, last January, it was discovered that he needed yet another shoulder surgery, causing him to miss all of 2013.
     
Kalish wasn't arbitration-eligible and the Sox could have paid him just over the major league minimum salary of $500,000. But with his future uncertain after missing most of the last two years, the Sox wanted to clear a 40-man roster spot with the winter meetings beginning Monday.
     
Both Bailey and Kalish are now both free agents, though either could elect to sign a minor league deal with incentives with the Red Sox.
     
A baseball source Monday night suggested that was more likely to happen with Kalish than Bailey.