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Allen Craig | Outfielder

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Apr 1 - 5:32 PM

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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
Mar 30 - 7:11 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.
Mar 25 - 3:35 PM

Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Giants inquired on Allen Craig, but the Red Sox are "not interested in selling low."

Gammons adds that San Francisco is "not actively pursuing" an outfielder at this point but would want a power bat should they change their mind. Hunter Pence (forearm) is likely to miss all of April, but the Giants appear content to use Gregor Blanco as a regular until Pence returns. As for the Red Sox go, it’s hard to blame them for hanging on to Craig for now, as his value is at an all-time low.
Mar 17 - 10:48 PM

Allen Craig hit his first homer of the spring Tuesday against the Braves.

The opposite-field shot looked like it'd go foul, but it hooked past the pole, getting Craig on the board. He's hitting .292 in 24 at-bats this spring.
Mar 17 - 4:45 PM

Allen Craig went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks against the Orioles on Saturday.

Craig is going to have a difficult time cracking the Red Sox lineup no matter how he looks this spring, but a trade remains a real possibility if he impresses. This was a good start for him.
Mar 7 - 4:05 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants don't appear interested in trying to acquire Allen Craig from the Red Sox.

With Hunter Pence sidelined until May 1, the Giants could be in the market for corner outfielder or first baseman to upgrade their lineup in the interim. Heyman reports that the only way they would have been interested in Craig is if the price was very low, which isn't the case. Barring a trade, expect Gregor Blanco to see everyday action in left field while Pence is sidelined.
Mar 7 - 12:03 AM

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have spoken to Allen Craig about playing some third base.

Craig did make a handful of starts at third base during his tenure with the Cardinals and it's the position he played most frequently in the minors, so this isn't some crazy experiment. But he has looked stiff in the field (and even worse at the plate) since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury in late 2013. Craig is not a good bet for significant fantasy value in 2015, no matter what position he's playing.
Jan 22 - 3:20 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:21:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Allen Craig is a "back-burner" option for the Orioles.

The Orioles' top priority at the moment appears to be to re-sign Delmon Young, but they're also interested in Michael Morse and, to a lesser extent, Craig. Craig batted just .215/.279/.315 with eight homers in 2014, but he's also draw some trade interest from the Marlins and Brewers this winter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 07:22:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Marlins and Brewers have showed interest in Allen Craig.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has also reported previously that the Marlins had some interest in Craig, who could take over as their regular first baseman. The Brewers could use Craig in a platoon at first with Adam Lind while also possibly giving him some time in the outfield. The Red Sox would undoubtedly be selling low on Craig if they decided to trade him, as he hit just .215/.279/.315 with eight homers in 2014.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 09:26:00 AM

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that "we've done everything we can" for Allen Craig's foot.

"No further testing needed," added Cherington. Craig wound up hitting just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the trade that sent he and Joe Kelly to the Red Sox for starter John Lackey. Maybe Craig will be rebound after a full offseason of rest, but this Lisfranc injury dates back to late 2013 and he has been a different player since it happened. Boston owes him $26.5 million in guaranteed money through 2017.
Source: WEEI
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 02:15:00 PM

Allen Craig went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday and would up hitting .128 with one homer and two RBI in 94 at-bats for the Red Sox.

Overall, Craig hit .211 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 461 at-bats for the season. He's the first first baseman or corner outfielder since 1943 to end a season with a sub-.200 average, fewer than 10 homers and fewer than 50 RBI in 450 at-bats since Joe Kuhel in 1943. Yes, he really was that bad. The Red Sox owe him $26.5 million through 2017, so they have to hope it was an aberration. He was certainly plenty good up until this year.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Allen Craig finished 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

Craig is now 5-for-50 (.100) with 22 strikeouts since joining the Red Sox at the July 31 trade deadline. He has been a completely different hitter since suffering a Lisfranc injury in late 2013.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that "at this point" Allen Craig is not expected to need surgery on his left foot.

"At this point, no," Farrell said. "The comment at the time was if he experienced any further discomfort, any physical ailments ... which he has not experienced." Craig suffered a Lisfranc fracture last September, but Farrell doesn't think it's to blame for his struggles this season. "Right now, with his setup, he's getting pitched in quite a bit and it's caused him to commit to some pitches early, and when some breaking balls have shown up, that's where some of that early commitment has resulted in a check swing or expanding the plate away and down and off the plate," said Farrell. "We're just trying to get him back to some consistent at-bats and timing."
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 09:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Ryan Hanigan
2Sandy Leon
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
Relief Pitcher
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Robbie Ross
6Anthony Varvaro
7Alexi Ogando
8Brandon Workman