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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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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Tuesday Links: Sox still waiting for deadline deal to pan out

Photo by Kelly O’Connor, The most intriguing trade that the Red Sox made during the 2014 trade deadline is now perhaps the one they most regret. In a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston shipped the newly revived starter John Lackey to the National League, in exchange for young pitcher Joe Kelly and veteran offensive threat Allen Craig. Kelly was...
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3 days ago  |  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...
4 days ago  |  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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8 days ago  |  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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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...
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Red Sox recall Jackie Bradley Jr., send Allen Craig to minors

  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 RBI at Pawtucket, while Wright was 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts. The Red Sox optioned outfielder Allen Craig and right-hander Robbie...
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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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Red Sox Option Allen Craig To Triple-A, Recall Jackie Bradley Jr., Steven Wright

Allen Craig’s rocky tenure with the Boston Red Sox has hit a new low. The Red Sox optioned the struggling outfielder to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday along with reliever Robbie Ross Jr. Craig, a National League All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, is hitting just .135 this season. He’s recorded a total of seven hits in 24 games, and only one of those has gone for extra...
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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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12 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  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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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...
16 days ago  |  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...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Starts For Red Sox In Place Of Injured Hanley Ramirez Vs. Rays

The Boston Red Sox begin life without Hanley Ramirez on Tuesday night. It’s unclear how long the Sox will be without their left fielder — manager John Farrell said Ramirez is day to day with the shoulder injury — and Allen Craig will be in the lineup in left Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramirez left Monday’s game in the first inning...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2013 is over, it's time to acknowledge Red Sox issues

Early exits by Sox starters are the primary culprits for a lackluster start GREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGESDan Shaughnessy is right. The 2013 Red Sox championship was “incredibly lucky and somewhat inadvertent.” It was a confluence of great seasons from the entire roster (lucky) in what appeared to be a bridge year (inadvertent). Not an outrageous statement there.Shaughnessy’s description...
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19 days ago  |  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...
21 days ago  |  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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23 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Papi Sits, Hanley DHs, Holt Plays LF Today

A few changes today as the Red Sox try to overcome yet another crushing one-run loss. But, if John Farrell was trying to improve OF defense with this group—why is Craig in right? Here's the lineup: Mookie Betts CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hanley Ramirez DH, Mike Napoli 1B, Brock Holt LF, Allen Craig RF, Xander Bogaerts SS, Sandy Leon C. Wade Miley will start on the...
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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...
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Brock Holt Pushes Red Sox to 7-5 Victory over the Orioles

Boston Red Sox’s Brock Holt, right, celebrates his three run home run with Allen Craig, center, and Pablo Sandoval in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore. The Red Sox won 7-5. (ESPN/Gail Burton) The unlikely hero for the Red Sox in 2014 seems to be the same in 2015. Brock Holt. After emerging on the scene last...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Dynamic Offense Hits Snag As Boston Suffers First Series Loss

This embed is invalid" /> Not even an ace could have saved the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Boston’s offense — regarded as dynamic, dangerous, daunting and probably some other positive adjectives that start with the letter “D” — produced just three hits in a 2-1, walk-off loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. It was a frustrating...
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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...
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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