The Pittsburgh Pirates could check in on Boston Red Sox outfielders Ryan Kalish and Cody Ross in the coming weeks, reports Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Edes believes the pending returns of outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford could make the Pirates, who are reportedly interested in adding offense, ask the Red Sox about Kalish and Ross.
The Red Sox have faced countless injuries to outfielders this season, and the two most notable players to spend time on Boston’s disabled list have been Crawford and Ellsbury.
In place of their pair of All-Stars, the Red Sox have depended on several different outfielder fill-ins, ranging from Darnell McDonald and Scott Podsednik to Ross and Kalish.
As Crawford and Ellsbury return to the Red Sox lineup, Edes believes Ross and Kalish could become appealing trade targets for teams interested in adding offense. It was reported this morning that the Pirates are expected to be one of those teams.
After spending much of the season rehabbing from a left shoulder injury, Kalish joined the Red Sox on June 17. Kalish is 4-15 over his four games with Boston, and he’s hit at a clip of .345/.449/.655 over his 15 combined games with the Red Sox High-, Double- and Triple-A affiliates.
The Red Sox signed Ross this off-season, and the 31-year-old has been one of Boston’s most productive outfielders in 2012. Over his 40 games and 143 at-bats, Ross has hit at a clip of .273/.350/.545 with 20 extra-base hits and 32 RBIs.