#FREEJBJ and Allen Craig too?

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing Writer Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 6 months, you are probably aware that the New England Patriots starting quarterback, Tom Brady, has been suspended 4 games for his role in the "deflating" of footballs in the AFC Championship Game.In response, Patriots fans have started a movement to "Free Brady". This movement has...
Via RedSoxLife
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Midseason Grades- Outfielders And DH

There was no shortage of outfielders going into the season and to my surprise, none of them were traded before the year started. Oddly enough, the Red Sox have even added outfielders since the season has begun. Let’s take a look at how they have done so far. HANLEY RAMIREZ- Grade: B- We all know the offense has been there for Hanley Ramirez, but nobody expected him to play this...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Life After Mike Napoli

Brian Hines (@JonLestersGhost)Contributing WriterIf you’ve watched the Red Sox this year, you've realized Mike Napoli isn't the same. Flashback to the 2013 season. Napoli’s first year with the Sox, he hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs. He, and his large beard, was a key contributor all year and helped the Sox win the World Series. It seems like yesterday he was hitting solo...
Via RedSoxLife
21 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey Trade Revisited: Can Red Sox Salvage 2014 Deadline Deal?

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington might want a mulligan on the John Lackey trade. It looks really, really bad now that Lackey is pitching well for the St. Louis Cardinals while both Joe Kelly and Allen Craig reside at Triple-A Pawtucket following unimpressive stints in Boston. But should the deal already be written off as a total disaster for the Red Sox? It’s fair...
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The St. Louis Cardinals should trade for Allen Craig

As the St. Louis Cardinals head home to Busch Stadium to welcome the rival Chicago Cubs, they have to be feeling pretty good about themselves. They barged into the House-That-Stanton-Built and swept away the Fish, despite the best efforts of their superhuman right fielder. They watched Carlos Martinez grind out a victory after falling behind 3-0 early in Friday night’s contest...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Time to give Allen Craig another shot

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor For a while there, it looked like Mike Napoli was remembering how to be a consistent middle of the order hitter again. But much like the Red Sox’ 2015 season, the first baseman’s late May renaissance was just a fleeting glimpse of promising talent. From May 19th to the 28th, Napoli was hitting .371 and reaching base at a .463 clip. The 33-year...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Allen Craig Dilemma.

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterPhoto by Aram Boghosian from The Boston Globe.After Allen Craig was cleared on waivers, the Red Sox officially announced on Monday that he was going to be added to the Pawtucket roster. Craig has 25.2 million remaining on his contract, meaning that any team willing to take him would have to pay that amount over the next three years. 29 Major League...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Castillo, Craig and Kazmir could bolster Red Sox

Considering the widely publicized pitching woes and the unexpectedly anemic offense, it could be worse for the Boston Red Sox. Almost a quarter of the 2015 regular season is complete, and the team favored by many pundits to win the American League East title is 19-20 and 2.5 games behind the New York Yankees. With the trade deadline still more than two months away, and most teams...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Allen Craig Outrighted To Triple-A After Clearing Waivers

Allen Craig has been removed from the Boston Red Sox’s 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket after passing unclaimed through waivers, the team announced Monday. The outfielder/first baseman had been unable to gain any steam at the plate since his July 2014 trade from the St. Louis Cardinals, batting .130 (19-for-146) with two home runs and four RBIs in 53 games with...
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Kazmir and Aaron Harang: What The Sox Need? Your Recap of Red Sox Beat

Allen Craig sent down to the minors, Juan Nieves fired and talk of Scott Kazmir coming to the Sox? Read what Jared Scali and Jess Thomas had to say on a Sunday night edition of Red Sox Beat.
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox option Allen Craig to Minors

The Boston Red Sox have had enough of their struggles.  They have finally decided to make a move in order to shake up the roster.   The club has decided to option 1B/OF Allen Craig to Triple-A Pawtucket for the time being as reported by Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.  Craig cannot refuse the assignment because he has less than five years of service time and plenty of...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Allen Craig’s Demotion To Triple-A ‘Not An Easy Decision’ (Video)

Allen Craig has struggled so far this season, but Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said the decision to option the outfielder to Triple-A Pawtucket wasn’t an easy one. Craig has played in 24 games for the Red Sox in 2015, batting just .135 with two RBIs and 17 strikeouts. Farrell said on “Red Sox First Pitch” ahead of Boston’s game against the...
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley, Jr. Back With Sox In Toronto

Jackie Bradley, Jr.Earlier this season, Jackie Bradley, Jr. was called up from AAA Pawtucket to join the Red Sox—for one day. He will replace Allen Craig on the roster—who (along with his $38.5 million in outstanding salary) was sent down to AAA. Today, word comes that the 25-year old Bradley will re-join the big club in time for its final game in The Great White North. The Bradley...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mujica To Oakland, Craig To Pawtucket

Those rumored roster changes have begun. The Red Sox traded Edward Mujica to the Oakland A's for (almost literally) a bucket of balls. In addition, they optioned Allen Craig to AAA Pawtucket. Other spikes are likely to drop as well. Stay tuned.
Via FenwayNation
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Blue Jays Silence Boston Bats, Take Series Opener 7-0

The Boston Red Sox should be glad most of New England’s focus Friday night was on deflated footballs. The opener of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays was a forgettable one for the Red Sox, who failed to plate a run in a 7-0 loss at Rogers Centre. It was Boston’s sixth loss in its last seven games — a span during which the Sox have scored more than three runs...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching, Catching and Allen Craig: Your Recap of Red Sox Beat

What should the Red Sox do with Allen Craig? Is Blake Swihart here to stay? How much does pitching really impact a team? Read about what Jared Scali and Jess Thomas talked about this week on Red Sox Beat. 
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Earns Another Start For Red Sox In Series Finale Vs. Rays

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Allen Craig’s opportunity has arrived. Craig earned his second consecutive start Wednesday in place of the injured Hanley Ramirez. The Red Sox clearly are giving Craig a chance to run with the left field job in Ramirez’s absence, and he’ll bat sixth in the team’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays...
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Facing Key Phase With Red Sox After Hanley Ramirez Injury

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — All right, Allen Craig. The ball’s in your court. The biggest defense of Craig’s unproductive tenure with the Red Sox has been that the veteran slugger simply hasn’t received consistent at-bats. Well, that could change if left fielder Hanley Ramirez misses any time with a shoulder injury, meaning Craig is...
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Gets Start In Right Field For Red Sox’s Clash With Yankees

Allen Craig will start in right field at Fenway Park for the first time this season Friday night. Craig is in the Boston Red Sox’s lineup batting seventh and playing right field for his team’s series opener against the New York Yankees. The 30-year-old has started in four games for Boston this season, but all of them have come on the road. He’ll fill...
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s Wrong With Allen Craig?

The Boston Red Sox acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig last July from the St. Louis Cardinals along with Joe Kelly in exchange for starter John Lackey. Craig headed into this season with three-full years under contract worth a guaranteed $26.5 million that included a team option for 2018. If the Red Sox were getting the Craig from 2012 or 2013, then that is an absolute steal. However, Boston...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: State of the Nation

Boston Red Sox right fielder Allen Craig dives for but misses a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones in the 10th inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Jones earned a triple on the play and the Orioles went on to win 5-4. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/AP Photo/Gail Burton) When the Red Sox front office beefed up their roster and retooled their pitching...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig: ‘I Was Trying To Be Aggressive And Make A Play For Koji’ (Video)

Saturday was not Allen Craig’s night. With two outs and runners on second and third in a tie game in the top of the ninth, Craig struck out on a bad swing, failing at an opportunity to give the Boston Red Sox a lead. Then, in the 10th inning, Craig dove for a looping liner off the bat of Baltimore’s Adam Jones. While his read looked good, Craig ultimately...
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Baltimore Snaps Five-Game Losing Skid With Walk-Off Win

The Boston Red Sox’s comeback fell short Saturday night at Camden Yards with a 5-4 loss in 10 innings to the Baltimore Orioles. Boston tied the game 3-3 in the ninth inning and took the lead when Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning. However, the Orioles scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, including a walk-off homer by David Lough. The win...
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

This Video of Hanley Ramirez Eating a Snack Is The Highlight of Last Night’s Red Sox Game

Any night in which the Red Sox can only muster three hits and Allen Craig gets one of them is not gonna end well. So rather than dwell on how our lifeless bats wasted a fine Clay Buchholz outing, I’ll direct your attention to this vine of Hanley Ramirez eating a snack — the undisputed highlight of the evening. Look at the effortless form and precision with which he flicks the...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig’s Third Base Discussion With Red Sox Finally Makes Sense

This embed is invalid" /> Remember a few months ago when the Boston Red Sox toyed with the idea of Allen Craig playing some third base? Heck, he even played five innings down at the hot corner in a spring training game. Well, it all kind of makes sense now. The concept at the time was simple. And still is, really. Why not try to expand Craig’s versatility...
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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