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Allen Craig | Outfielder | #5

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: California
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 8 (0) / STL
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Red Sox reassigned 1B/OF Allen Craig to minor league camp.
Craig showed a little bit of life this spring in the Grapefruit League, but not enough to earn his way back onto Boston's active roster. The former All-Star hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc injury in late 2013. Mar 28 - 10:27 AM

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Allen Craig went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk versus the Rays on Sunday.

It's better than nothing, but no one is going to take Craig seriously until he resumes showing some power. None of his seven hits this spring have gone for extra bases. He hit just five homers and 15 doubles in 422 at-bats between Triple-A and the majors last year.
Mar 13 - 5:16 PM

Allen Craig insisted Friday that he isn't finished yet, still has a strong belief in his abilities and his goal is to crack the Red Sox Opening Day roster.

Craig went on to say, "I worked hard this offseason to get in shape and get everything feeling good. So I came here, I'm feeling good, I'm feeling confident, and I'm getting ready for my season. That's' my focus right now." Entering camp as a non-roster invitee, he'll have to really impress this spring in order to break camp with the big league squad. The Wrench hit just .152/.239/.203 with one homer, three RBI and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 79 at-bats with the Red Sox in 2015.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 20 - 9:51 AM

Red Sox sent 1B/OF Allen Craig outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

It's the second time since May that Craig has been removed from the 40-man roster. The 31-year-old has looked like a shell of his former self the last two seasons, batting just .206/.273/.298.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:14:00 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that trading Allen Craig would be "an ideal scenario."

Of course it would be. However, Dombrowski acknowledged that unloading Craig is going to be difficult. The 31-year-old has hit just .206 with a .571 OPS in 593 plate appearances at the major league level since the start of 2014. He's still owed $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017, with a $1 million buyout on a club option for 2018.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of 1B/OF Allen Craig from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Craig hasn't been the same player since suffering a Lisfranc injury with St. Louis in late 2013. He is highly doubtful to hold fantasy value down the stretch.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 05:42:00 PM

Red Sox sent 1B/OF Allen Craig outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Craig passed through waivers unclaimed and is now off Boston's 40-man roster. He was one of the most productive hitters in baseball from 2011-2013, but Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc injury around a year-and-a-half ago. The 30-year-old has hit just .130/.235/.192 in 166 plate appearances since the trade that sent him from the Cardinals to the Red Sox and probably won't be heard from again anytime soon.
Mon, May 18, 2015 02:22:00 PM

Red Sox optioned 1B/OF Allen Craig to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Craig wasn't getting much playing time and certainly didn't do much with what he received, hitting just .135/.237/.192 across 59 plate appearances. The former All-Star is batting an inconceivable .207/.275/.302 since the beginning of last season and will now try to get back on track in the minors.
Sun, May 10, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald confirms the Red Sox will option Allen Craig to Triple-A.

Craig went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Saturday in Boston's loss to the Blue Jays, watching his season slash line drop to .135/.237/.192. He's been a mess at the plate since suffering a Lisfranc injury in late 2013. The Red Sox owe him $5.5 million this year, $9 million in 2016, and $11 million in 2017. Craig, 30, also carries a $13 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2018.
Sat, May 9, 2015 07:49:00 PM

According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are expected to move Allen Craig before Sunday's game.

Silverman said the team is weighing all possibilities, including optioning Craig to the minor leagues. Though Boston's pitching has gotten most of the flak for the team's sluggish start, the lineup has also underachieved, particularly over the last week. An RBI machine in St. Louis, Craig's production has fallen off a cliff since coming to Boston last summer. It's possible Craig never fully recovered from the foot injury he suffered late in 2013. The 30-year-old owns a dismal .135 average in 48 at-bats this season.
Sat, May 9, 2015 05:45:00 PM

Allen Craig is in the starting lineup and playing left field in Tuesday's game against the Rays.

Craig homered on Friday, but he's been largely ineffective in his bench role for the Red Sox. This season, he's hitting just .146/.222/.220 in 41 at-bats. His years of hitting in the .300's for the Cardinals feel like they occurred in another lifetime.
Tue, May 5, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Allen Craig launched a solo homer Friday against the Yankees.

It was his first home run of the season. Craig came into Friday's action hitting just .118 (4-for-34) with no extra-base hits and had yet to play right field in Fenway Park this season, but Red Sox manager John Farrell took a shot and it paid off. He's had a tough transition as a bench player and will likely only continue to see part-time at-bats.
Fri, May 1, 2015 11:06:00 PM

Allen Craig was credited with an inside-the-park homer against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

It was a well-hit ball, but one that would have been a double had Jose Bautista not fallen down. Craig hasn't really torn it up with a .250 average, two homers and two doubles in 48 at-bats this spring, but he's definitely looked better than he did last year. Ideally, the Red Sox would work out a trade with a team that could play him regularly, but that he's owed $21 million between 2016 and 2017 complicates matters.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are not expected to trade Allen Craig before the start of the season.

Speier says that "at least three teams" have inquired on Craig this spring, but those clubs "have treated him as a distressed asset" and the Red Sox aren't interested in selling low. The report adds that "evaluators have seen a different hitter this spring" after his struggles last year and the Red Sox have "been impressed with how Craig has handled a potentially challenging situation." Craig doesn't look to be in line for much playing time in 2015, but he could potentially take over at first base in 2016 if Mike Napoli departs as a free agent.
Source: Boston Globe
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 07:11:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that there's "no progress" in a possible Allen Craig trade between the Red Sox and Giants.

With the Giants expected to be without Hunter Pence (forearm) for all of April, Peter Gammons recently reported that the club inquired about the availability of Craig. However, the Red Sox didn't want to sell low and the Giants could prefer to just go with Gregor Blanco as a stopgap. Craig had a nightmare 2014, but he was hitting .275/.325/.417 across 40 plate appearances this spring coming into Wednesday's action.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 03:35:00 PM

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