DALLAS — Ben Cherington is fine with the idea of starting Josh Reddick or Ryan Kalish in right field next season.
“Reddick … took another step in his career, and we think he’s going to be a very good major-league outfielder,” Cherington said. “Right now, if Opening Day was tomorrow, he’s probably in right field. We’ll see what happens the rest of the winter. Kalish has a little bit more to overcome, physically, and we think he’s going to be a really good big-league player, too.”
Kalish, a contributor in 2009, was limited to 24 minor league games last season because of shoulder and neck injuries that required surgery. He is considered a more well-rounded and athletic prospect but faces the disadvantage of the lost year of development.
Cherington said Kalish will be ready to play in spring training but will be somewhat limited early on.
Reddick hit .280/.327/.457 over 87 games last season but faded badly down the stretch, hitting .208 with a .591 OPS after Aug. 5. The Sox were so desperate for an upgrade that they prodded a rusty J.D. Drew out to right field for three of the final four games.
Former manager Terry Francona was no a fan of Reddick, so perhaps the switch to Bobby Valentine will help there.
The Red Sox also are likely to pursue a veteran righthanded hitter to bolster the position. Do not expect that to be a prominent player. When the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford to play left field last winter, it was with the understanding that right field would be filled economically.
“We’ve got to trust young players,” Cherington said. “That’s the way we’ve been good in the past, is to trust young players and integrate them on the team. They’ve got to be ready for it, and, to a certain extent, they’ve got to prove that they’re ready for it.”
• The Red Sox are just about prepared to announce that Tim Bogar and Gary Tuck will join Dave Magadan in returning to the staff for 2012.
Former bench coach DeMarlo Hale is expected to land in Baltimore as the third base coach. The O’s already hired former Sox coach Ron Johnson as their Triple-A manager.
That will leave three spots open: bench coach, first base coach and pitching coach. Jerry Royster is a good bet as the bench coach. Multiple names are being attached to the pitching coach spot.
• The Mets signed relievers Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco tonight, somewhat depleting the pool of late-inning relievers. The Red Sox may be prodded into action soon, although they are investigating trades to solve their bullpen issues, too.
• The Red Sox are one of many teams who will go watch oft-injured reliever Joel Zumaya workout next week.
• ESPN taped a piece with Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona that will run on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter.
• A Japanese outlet, Sports Nippon, reported that the Red Sox were the highest bidder for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. Turns out that the Sox never bid at all according to Cherington.
There are several Japanese players in the market, either free agents or through the posting process. The Red Sox are not actively involved with any of them and that will include Yu Darvish if he is posted.
• MLB has instituted a dress code for reporters, something supported by the BBWAA.
The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB rules say.
Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, flip-flops, tank tops, one-shouldered or strapless shirts, ripped jeans or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed in the guidelines are excessively short skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.
A lack of professionalism has been a problem in several cities, including Boston.