Boston Red Sox Made the Wrong Choice Picking Ryan Kalish over Josh Reddick
Another year, another surgery, another lost season.
It's easy to feel sorry for Boston Red Sox outfielder Kalish, after it was announced that he is going to have to undergo surgery again, this time for his non-throwing shoulder, detailed in Friday's report from The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.
It's the third procedure in 16 months for the 24-year-old Kalish, details WEEI's Alex Speier, and the young outfielder is sounding very discouraged at this point. Kalish has missed all of 2011 and most of 2012 due to injuries.
The fact that this is coming on the brink of spring training, when there was a real chance for Kalish to make the Sox and split time with Jonny Gomes in left field, only adds to the disappointment.
The news of Kalish's newest injury caused them to re-sign Ryan Sweeney, something that seemed unlikely even a week ago, reported here by WEEI's Rob Bradford.
The real reason that this stings so bad is that the Red Sox had a perfectly good right field prospect in Reddick, whom they traded to the Oakland A's as part of the deal for Andrew Bailey last winter.
Now instead of Reddick or even Kalish, the Sox had to go out and invest $39 million in Shane Victorino this winter due to poor player evaluations.
Its the type of evaluation that makes one concerned about current Sox' general manager Ben Cherington's ability to identify the right players.
Moving forward, it is the type of bad decision that the Sox can't afford to make again.
As much as I admire former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, it bothered me the way Reddick was treated in Boston. Reddick was rushed to the majors in 2009 and it seemed like the organization was constantly trying to find fault with Reddick and what he couldn't do. Pitch selection, lack of walks, swinging for the fences were the constant themes.
It was as if the Sox and Francona wanted Reddick to be Kalish, instead of embracing what Reddick was going to bring to the table.
When the Sox finally traded Reddick last winter, it was an opportunity for Reddick to go to Oakland and play full-time away from the microscope of Fenway and the Sox. The A's committed to the 25-year-old Reddick and watched as the player blossomed as a key cog on a surprising division-winning team.
Finally allowed to play everyday and to make his mistakes and not worry about being yanked from the lineup, Reddick produced 32 home runs and 85 RBI while winning a Gold Glove.
Reddick played so well, he was voted 16th in the MVP balloting in 2012.
Given the youth movement that is about to start for the Sox, hopefully they have learned a lesson from this and will display more patience with players coming from the minor leagues in the coming years.
The Sox's future success depends on it.
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