Red Sox A Loose Bunch To End Season Despite Shaky Beginning To 2015

CLEVELAND — It was the second-to-last game of the season. Nothing was at stake, aside from trying to stave off the team’s third last-place finish in four years. Yet there was something refreshing about the visitors’ clubhouse Saturday before the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. In a corner of the room sat Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart...
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6 (Mildly) Intriguing Potential Red Sox September Call-Ups

One of the silver linings of the last month of the year for bad teams is the hope that comes with September call-ups. Unfortunately for the 2015 Red Sox, there aren’t a lot of exciting prospects that will be making their debuts this month. Of course, part of this is because so many of their top young talents have already debuted. We’ll still be able to watch guys like Eduardo...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cook, Ramirez, Craig And Leon Are September Call-Ups

In addition to trading Alejandro De Aza to the Giants, the Red Sox also announced several September call-ups. They are: pitchers Ryan Cook and Noe Ramirez, OF/1B Allen Craig and C Sandy Leon. The teams's active major league roster now stands at 28, while the 40-man roster now sits at 39.
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Trade Presents Opportunity For Travis Shaw, Allen Craig

Mike Napoli’s Boston Red Sox tenure came to a close Friday, with the Sox trading him back to his former team, the Texas Rangers. Not only did Napoli’s departure further decrease the number of 2013 World Series champions remaining in Boston — a total that now is down to eight — but it also created some uncertainty as to who will fill his void at first base for the rest...
August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

What Can Be Done With Allen Craig?

Ever since his May demotion to Pawtucket, there has been little to no mention of Allen Craig. The outfielder/first baseman, who recently turned 31, was a feared hitter with the St. Louis Cardinals on the team that the Red Sox defeated in the 2013 World Series. Now, he is an everyday player in AAA who is not even on the 40-man roster. Craig, who’s set to make $20 million over the...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

#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...
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July 21, 2015  |  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

With Napoli Struggling, It’s Time For Allen Craig To Return

After earning the infamous Golden Sombrero Tuesday night, Mike Napoli officially earned himself a spot on the bench. The first baseman has been struggling this season. And I don’t mean he has streaks where he’s good then gets into slumps. No, Napoli has played one good week of big league ball this year. And as you may have already guessed, that week was the week he hit five home...
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June 24, 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

Cardinals: Grading the John Lackey acquisition

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired John Lackey from the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2014 for fan favorites Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. There were tears, memories exchanged and then John Lackey stout became a fine tuned weapon for the Cards down the stretch. Lackey is tough, resilient, nasty, loud and pitches like it’s his last day in the game every 5th day. Since we are nearing the...
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June 15, 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

Red Sox recall Bradley Jr., Wright, option Craig, Ross

TORONTO (AP) After losing seven of their past eight games, the Boston Red Sox are shaking up their roster, recalling outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley Jr. was batting .343 with one homer and nine RBIs at Pawtucket, while Wright was 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts. The Red Sox optioned outfielder Allen Craig and right...
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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.
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May 10, 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 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
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