For righthanded reliever Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, the last few seasons have been marked by long stretches on the disabled list and major surgeries. On Monday night, the Red Sox made them free agents.
The two were not offered contracts by the midnight deadline and are now free to sign with any team, the Red Sox included.
The Red Sox offered deals to the other unsigned players on their 40-man roster including five who are arbitration-eligible: righthander Burke Badenhop, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, lefthander Andrew Miller, lefthander Franklin Morales and righthander Junichi Tazawa.
Bailey was eligible for arbitration for a third time and stood to make at least $4 million next season. But the righthander underwent extensive surgery on his throwing shoulder in July and is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
The Red Sox could retain Bailey on a minor league deal but he is expected to investigate what major league options he has first. Bailey could simply wait until he is healthy and make a decision then.
Bailey had two difficult seasons with the Red Sox after being obtained from Oakland before the 2012 season. He appeared in only 49 games and had a 4.91 ERA with the Sox. Thumb surgery cut short his first season.
Kalish, 25, is a story of lost potential. He made his debut with the Red Sox in 2010 after shining in the minor leagues and impressed team executives with his athleticism and feel for the game.
But Kalish injured his left shoulder playing for Triple A Pawtucket early in the 2011 season and has not been the same player since.
He returned to play 10 minor league games in August before returning to the disabled list with a bulging disc in neck that required surgery. Kalish then had shoulder surgery in November.
Kalish returned in 2012 and played in 36 major league games, looking little like the player he once was. He had surgery on his right shoulder last January and spinal fusion surgery in August.
Kalish has not played since Sept. 2012 and his future is uncertain. The Red Sox are open to signing him to a minor league deal.
Kalish said via text message that he expects to be ready to play by spring training and will look at what opportunities are available, including the Red Sox.
"Absolutely," he said.
Under arbitration rules, Badenhop, Carp, Miller, Morales and Tazawa are considered signed for 2014. If a deal cannot be worked out, a hearing would determine their salary for next season.