Jackie Bradley Jr. Works On Swing At Red Sox Spring Training (Video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jackie Bradley Jr. and Allen Craig both are coming off a disappointing 2014. On Friday, they were grouped together during Boston Red Sox batting practice at JetBlue Park. Bradley and Craig were joined by Daniel Nava on one of the back fields Friday morning. There wasn’t much buzz surrounding the session, as David Ortiz and Co. were crushing balls on the main...
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Joe Kelly, Allen Craig Prepare For First Spring Training As Red Sox (Videos)

Joe Kelly and Allen Craig came to the Boston Red Sox in a trade-deadline deal last year, so this is their first visit to the team’s spring-training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Watch the two videos below to see what Kelly and Craig think about their new spring home and their 2015 teammates. Filed under: Boston Red Sox
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Red Sox Notes: John Farrell Pinpoints Second Tier Of Starting Pitchers

This embed is invalid" /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — And then there was one. With Allen Craig reporting to camp Sunday, only one of the 57 players invited to Boston Red Sox major league spring training has yet to arrive: David Ortiz. The full squad isn’t scheduled to report until Tuesday, with the first official full-squad workout scheduled for Wednesday...
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Allen Craig: I Have Something To Prove During Red Sox Spring Training

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Allen Craig already has a leg up on last year. While Craig arrived at spring training Sunday with uncertainty surrounding his role with the Boston Red Sox, the veteran slugger expressed optimism regarding the upcoming season. Craig is coming off a healthy and productive offseason, unlike last year, which could help him bounce back from a dismal 2014. “It...
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Friday Links: Red Sox outfield surplus biggest question heading into spring traing

Photo Credit: Kelly O’Connor While most of the Red Sox roster looks to be in order, there are still some questions that will need to be addressed as spring training gets underway. Perhaps the most interesting conundrum facing the team right now is their outfield depth. While Hanley Ramirez is a lock in left field, center and right are far less of a sure thing. It’s the assumption...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Outfield Preview 2015: How Does Boston Approach Roster Logjam?

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox have a boatload of outfielders at their disposal. The Red Sox’s outfield production was among the worst in Major League Baseball in 2014, particularly early in the year, when the unit reached historic lows. Boston thus prioritized solidifying the outfield before and after last season’s non-waiver trade...
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Allen Craig Looking To Shed Perception He’s A Forgotten Man On Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Allen Craig is ready to wipe the slate clean. Craig never found his stride with the Boston Red Sox last season after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. The 30-year-old now has no clear-cut role with Boston, creating an outside perception that he’s a forgotten...
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig: Boston Red Sox Trade Bait?

While the Boston Red Sox are preparing to report to Spring Training in just over a month, the team is still busy trying to put the final touches on the roster that will hopefully result in the team’s 9th world championship this November. On Tuesday, the club reportedly agreed in principal to a trade with the Texas Ranger to acquire left handed pitcher Robbie Ross in exchange for...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly Thinks Allen Craig Will Be "Awesome"

Kelly (L); Craig (R)Joe Kelly—fresh off predicting he'll win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award—is forecasting great things for his old Cardinal teammate Allen Craig. Kelly points to the years when Craig was the best hitter on the St. Louis squad, "We had Matt Hollidays, we had Lance Berkmans. But check out any playoff games, any stats, the guy was our best player, 100 percent." And...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Craig, Former St. Louis Cardinal, Has No Clear Role for Boston Red Sox

The St. Louis Cardinals made their biggest roster move in 2014 when they sent Allen Craig and Joe Kelly to Boston in exchange for Corey Littrell and John Lackey. It was a move that fans questioned, both logically and emotionally. Craig and Kelly were fan favorites in St. Louis. Kelly was loved for his antics, Craig simply for his ability. In 2012 and 2013, Craig was one of the most...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

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’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...
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January 24, 2015  |  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...
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January 23, 2015  |  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...
January 22, 2015  |  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...
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January 17, 2015  |  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 ...
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January 14, 2015  |  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...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox In "Active" Trade Talks Regarding Craig

(AP Photo)According to'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...
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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’s Jerry Crasnick. Crasnick adds that nothing is brewing right now, but Craig has been the subject...
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...
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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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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 […]
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November 09, 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...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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