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Allen Craig Looking To Increase Versatility This Spring

With spring training right around the corner, many fans have been waiting to see Allen Craig traded in order to free up some space on the Red Sox roster. But according to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam, Red Sox manager John Farrell seems ready to head into spring training with the former MVP candidate. In a conversation with McAdam yesterday, Farrell explained to him he’s looking to...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston's $26.5 Million Allen Craig Conundrum

(AP Photo—Winslow Townson)Over the next three years, IF/OF/DH/3B Allen Craig is owed a whopping $26.5 million. That's a lot of dough for an underachieving bench player. But the Red Sox have a problem trying to move the 30-year old and free up a bit of the log-jam in the outfield. You see, Craig used to be a really good ballplayer. In his five years as a St. Louis Cardinal, Craig...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Could Play Some Third Base With Red Sox, John Farrell Says

BOSTON — The Red Sox are willing to be creative when it comes to divvying up playing time. Allen Craig is one of several players whose 2015 role remains undefined, but Boston is exploring the possibility of Craig playing some third base in addition to his usual role as a first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter. Craig has appeared in only four games at third base in his major...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chili Davis: Red Sox’s Crowded Roster Situation ‘Going To Be A Fight’

This embed is invalid" /> The sky’s the limit for the Boston Red Sox, according to hitting coach Chili Davis. The Red Sox have a bunch of good players on their roster, which means spring training could be very interesting. Boston’s outfield is especially crowded, as several players will be vying for playing time as the club looks to bounce back...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Sox Preparing Trade For Zimmermann

Jordan ZimmermannAccording to a report on BaseballHotCorner.com, the Red Sox are "prepared to make a move" to acquire Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann in a trade. Reportedly, the pool of players that are involved include: Allen Craig, Joe Kelly, Garin Cecchini, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Matt Barnes. If the report is accurate, it means that Ben Cherington could get one of the...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox outfielders taking nothing for granted

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer We all have heard that the Red Sox outfield is loaded with potential suitors for the three available spots at Fenway. There are some really good players in Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Mookie Betts, Allen Craig, Brock Holt and Nava. (He and Holt represent the only two left-handed bats in the mix.)A lot of players, not a lot...
Via RedSoxLife
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday Links: With Dan Butler gone, Blake Swihart takes leap towards MLB debut

The Red Sox Tuesday trade of catcher Dan Butler didn’t just tie up the loose ends of the Craig Breslow signing, but it also pushed Blake Swihart further up on the team’s depth chart. Swihart, 22, is considered the best prospect in Boston’s system and among the best young players on the minor league circuit. In time between double-A and triple-A last year, Swihart posted a ...
Via Fire Brand AL
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #153: Mike Napoli | 1B | BOS

Last season Mike Napoli hit just 17 HR in 500 PA, breaking a string of six consecutive 20-homer season despite posting just his third 500 PA season. Formerly a catcher, Napoli never really had much of a chance to earn consistent playing time. In Boston, now he has it (even though Allen Craig lurks on the bench). So, what caused Napoli’s home run rate to dip last year? It was an...
Via Baseball Professor
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Oakland A’s Trade Candidates

Dan Otero #61 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the 12th inning against the Kansas City Royals during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s have experienced an unpredictable offseason. GM Billy Beane has completed a franchise overhaul in trading Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Jeff...
Via The Sports Journal
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox In "Active" Trade Talks Regarding Craig

(AP Photo)According to FOXSports.com's Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are engaged in "active" trade discussions regarding Allen Craig. Morosi does not identify the team involved, but recent speculation has centered on the San Diego Padres as a logical trade partner. Craig had a miserable 2014—mostly due to lingering injuries. He is generally regarded as a prime comeback-player-of-the...
Via FenwayNation
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Boston Red Sox Receiving ‘Lots Of Calls’ About Allen Craig

This embed is invalid" /> Allen Craig’s role with the Boston Red Sox is undefined at the moment. Thus, it appears teams are inquiring about the outfielder/first baseman. The Red Sox are receiving “lots of calls” about Craig, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick adds that nothing is brewing right now, but Craig has been the subject...
Via NESN.com
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Where does Allen Craig fit in Boston?

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig is perhaps the most interesting trade chip that the Boston Red Sox have left on their current roster. While the 30-year old’s 2014 numbers don’t seem to give him much trade value, Craig’s overall career stats seem to warrant a mulligan. After coming to Boston in July of last season, Craig was in the midst...
Via Fire Brand AL
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins And Brewers Looking At Allen Craig

(AP Photo)Allen Craig used to be one of the best hitters in the National League. His availability in the 2013 World Series against the Red Sox was supposed to a major factor in that Fall Classic. Then, after a poor start to 2014 (due to lingering injuries), Craig got traded to the Red Sox with Joe Kelley. His awful season continued and he ended up hitting just .215 for the year....
Via FenwayNation
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins, Brewers interested in Red Sox’ Allen Craig

According to MLB.com columnist Richard Justice, both the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers have expressed interested in Red Sox 1B/OF Allen Craig. With Boston on the lookout for additional starting pitching and already owning a surplus of infield/outfield depth, now may be a good time for a team to take a chance on Craig without having to give up too much in return. “He’s only...
Via Baseball Essential
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins add Brandon Moss, Allen Craig to 1B targets

The Miami Marlins are continuing to add to their list of potential first baseman for the upcoming season. Earlier, Max Wildstein wrote about how the Marlins have interest in Atlanta Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, as well as Baltimore Orioles slugging-first baseman Chris Davis. However, Miami now is looking into the possibility of acquiring Oakland Athletics 1B/OF Brandon...
Via Baseball Essential
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Targets: Allen Craig

If the first few weeks of the baseball off-season have taught us anything, it’s that the Boston Red Sox are willing to spend a lot of money in an attempt to rebuild themselves into playoff contenders for 2015. Earlier this week the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval four year deals, with Ramirez’ signing for $88 million and Kung Fu Panda’s for $95 million. On...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Piecing Together a Broken Allen Craig

Allen Craig of the 2014 Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals was a shell of his circa 2011-2013 self.  His struggles were magnified in the media and was classified as a prolific drop-off in production from a one time All-Star.  What caused such a drastic change in production and apparent uncomfortable nature at the […]
Via Infield Single
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Second Annual Dan Meyer Awards

During Major League Baseball's award season, the best of the best are featured (maybe not always with the Gold Gloves). And we should celebrate the best. But there is always a flip side. For every best, there was a worst. Saying that does understand that even the worst MLB players in a particular year are among the best players in the world. MLB players are an elite group of talent...
Via The Flagrant Fan
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2015 outfield preview

In my previous article, I took a look at the Boston Red Sox 2015 infield. The biggest questions in this lineup however are in the outfield. In what was statistically one of the worst outfields in the majors, they made it a priority to acquire outfield help at the deadline, which they did by adding Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig. They also signed Cuban defector Rusney Castillo, who...
Via Total Sports Live
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Who stays and who goes in the Red Sox outfield?

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterNow that the outfield grades are in, it's time to project the Red Sox outfield going forward for the 2015 season. Even though the outfield struggled throughout this season, the Sox still have very capable outfielders on their roster. In fact, they have too many outfielders. The reality is not all of them will be on the 2015 version of...
Via RedSoxLife
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Matheny got it right with NLDS rotation

The July 31 trade that sent Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox for John Lackey will be looked back on as the likely catalyst to helped propel the St. Louis Cardinals over the proverbial hill they seemingly couldn’t climb over the first half of the season. But that trade ended up [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Don’t Trade Mookie Betts

During the massive disappointment of the 2014 season, the Red Sox have been busy acquiring hitters: Yoenis Cespedes from the A’s, Allen Craig from the Cardinals, and Rusney Castillo from Cuba being the most notable additions to the team’s line-up. The team has not been shy about the fact that this strategy has a second […]
Via Fangraphs
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Craig ‘Confident’ He’ll Overcome Struggles With Red Sox In 2015

Allen Craig was having a bad season with the St. Cardinals. It has only gotten worse with the Boston Red Sox. Craig, who was acquired in the trade that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals, entered Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards hitting .114 (8-for-70) with 29 strikeouts in 23 games with the Red Sox. The 2013 All-Star was hitting .217 with a .606 OPS...
Via NESN.com
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox 2015 roster projection

Well I’m just going to come out and say it, this season sucked. But their's hope for next year, a lot of it. One key thing will be getting healthy. Players like Pedroia, Papi, Napoli, Craig, etc. were all players with nagging injuries that caused them to perform worse than expected. Another reason for hope is free agency. The Sox have a lot of money to spend and they need to upgrade...
Via RedSoxLife
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Red Sox Channel 2013 Red Sox. And Magic Happens.

For a few, bitter moments, last night’s Fenway homestand opener against the Jays seemed a terrible, terrible microcosm of this 2014 season. Specifically, I’m talking about the bottom of the ninth, when, immediately after clawing their way back in the eighth from a two-run deficit, the Sox put two men on with nobody out and a chance to win the game… then served up three straight...
Via Surviving Grady
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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