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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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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. May 18 - 2:22 PM

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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.
May 10 - 9:50 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.
May 9 - 7:49 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.
May 9 - 5:45 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.
May 5 - 3:31 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.
May 1 - 11:06 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.
Apr 1 - 5:32 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
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

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4Christian Vazquez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
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CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
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S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
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PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Junichi Tazawa
3Craig Breslow
4Alexi Ogando
5Matt Barnes
6Tommy Layne
7Steven Wright
8Brandon Workman
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