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Ryan Kalish suggests he’s open to Red Sox return after being non-tendered

12.03.13 at 12:46 pm ET
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Ryan Kalish (AP)

Ryan Kalish (AP)

Outfielder Ryan Kalish, who on Monday became a free agent after the Red Sox declined to tender him a contract in order to free a spot on their 40-man roster, said on Monday night that he felt only gratitude towards the organization that drafted him in 2006 and with whom he’d spent his entire professional career. While Kalish said that he didn’t know what to expect from free agency, he suggested that he would keep an open mind regarding the Red Sox.

“I’m not sure where this will go, but the Red Sox mean a lot to me,” said Kalish. “That’s not something that I’m going to take lightly.”

Kalish said that he is feeling better now — almost four months removed from a second surgical procedure on his neck — than he has in years, and he remains optimistic that he can reclaim the promise that he showed when he was last healthy in the big leagues as a 22-year-old in 2010. Regardless of whether his next move is a minor league deal or a big league contract, the 25-year-old sees reason for enthusiasm about the possibilities in front of him.

“I’m just ready to go out there and play — whether it’s in the major leagues right away or if it’s in Double-A. I don’t care. I don’t care at all. I’m just ready to compete again, I’m ready to play, and I think it’s there, man. I really do,” said Kalish. “I’m just kind of excited to see where this goes,” he added. “I’m feeling myself come back from that frail, fragile person that I felt I was. Right now, I’m getting the athleticism back. I was just with my family and we were playing tennis and just having a good time together. It’s starting to come back and I’m really excited to try and get out there and improve my health wherever that may be.”

For more from Kalish, click here.

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