Valdespin has 2-run triple in 8-run eighth to lead Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Allen Craig bolstered his bid for more playing time in Boston's crowded outfield, hitting a three-run double in helping the Red Sox build a lead the Miami Marlins would overcome with an eight-run eighth inning for a 9-4 victory Monday. Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run triple and Jeff Baker doubled in two in the Marlins' big inning. Miami managed only one hit until...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Sox Have too Many Outfielders, Again

It’s the end of March and the Red Sox are repeating a similar story: too many outfielders. It was an issue last spring and it was again a problem towards the end of the 2014 season. For the third time in a calendar year we have to wonder what’s going on inside Fenway Park. Only a year ago Boston was trying to find a way for Grady Sizemore to fit into the starting roster. Now...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best Trade Options For Boston Red Sox Allen Craig

When you look at the Boston Red Sox current roster it is easy to see that they have an abundance of bats at their disposal. The Red Sox are seemingly two deep at each position with an even bigger logjam out in the outfield. Unless Opening Day rosters are increased, Boston has plenty of trade avenues that they can explore if they choose. While manager John Farrell has said that he...
Via Baseball Essential
20 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell Doesn’t Expect Red Sox To Trade Allen Craig Despite Rumors

This embed is invalid" /> Allen Craig hasn’t been traded yet. And perhaps he won’t be. Craig has been a common subject of trade rumors because of the Boston Red Sox’s crowded outfield, yet manager John Farrell tossed cold water on the speculation before Monday’s spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals — Craig’s former team...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

After long courtship, Red Sox shouldn't trade Craig -- yet

The Boston Red Sox waited eight years to get Allen Craig. They’re not going to trade him on a whim; nor should they when they’re one injury away from needing Craig badly. Yes, the Sox’s history with Craig goes back much further than last July 31, when they acquired the first baseman/outfielder and right-hander Joe Kelly from the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander John Lackey...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

What will the Giants do now that Hunter Pence is out?

We don’t normally lean towards the absurd at The Outside Corner unless it’s absolutely necessary. You know, like Churro Dogs. But after Thursday’s unlucky mishap for the Giants involving Hunter Pence, who will be out 6-8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his ulna, the Giants need to figure out a new game plan in right field for at least the first month of the regular...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

What will the Giants do now that Hunter Pence is out?

We don’t normally lean towards the absurd at The Outside Corner unless it’s absolutely necessary. You know, like Churro Dogs. But after Thursday’s unlucky mishap for the Giants involving Hunter Pence, who will be out 6-8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his ulna, the Giants need to figure out a new game plan in right field for at least the first month of the regular...
Via Bloguin Best
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Takes ‘Know Your Teammates’ Lead In Matchup With Joe Kelly (Video)

Allen Craig has only been with the Boston Red Sox for half a season, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the competition in “Know Your Teammates” trivia. The Boston outfielder went head-to-head with pitcher and former St. Louis Cardinals teammate Joe Kelly in the game on “Red Sox from Fort Myers,” and although Kelly put up a valiant effort, Craig shot to the top...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: John Farrell Reveals ‘Closer B,’ Core Of Boston Bullpen

This embed is invalid" /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox’s first full-squad workout isn’t until Wednesday. You’d never know it. According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, 55 of the 57 players invited to major league spring training already have arrived. David Ortiz and Allen Craig are the only two who haven’t. Saturday marked the first...
February 21, 2015  |  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...
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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...
Via FenwayNation
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...
Via i70baseball
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...
Via Baseball Essential
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...
Via FenwayNation
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...
Via RedSoxLife
January 17, 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...
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’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...
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
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