11:08 PM EDT, Sat March 28, 2015

Allen Craig trade rumors increase

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Entering play Saturday, first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig had the most spring training at-bats of any player on the Red Sox, 40. That’s no accident. The Red Sox insist Craig’s workload is related to their desire to give him as much playing time as possible after last season’s disappointing performance that followed his 2013 foot injury. Talent evaluators following the Sox, however, maintain that the added exposure is tied to the team’s desire to trade him to alleviate their crowded outfield situation.

Twinsights: Jake Reed meets up with Rusney Castillo again (with video)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This wasn’t the first time Twins pitching prospect Jake Reed had crossed paths with Rusney Castillo. In July 2012, the summer after his freshman year at Oregon, Reed was part of Team USA when it played a five-game international friendship series against the Cuban national team in Havana.  “I faced him, threw him a slider and he hit a bomb off me first pitch,” Reed said Thursday after giving up a 10th-inning, walk-off homer to the Cuban outfielder in a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox. After completing a 10-pitch battle with Allen Craig by […] The post Twinsights:...
The Republican Mar 26, 2015
Boston Red Sox outfield competition: Allen Craig remains in lineup limbo (Video)

Boston Red Sox outfield competition: Allen Craig remains in lineup limbo (Video)

Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is in a bit of limbo right now. He's one member of a crowded Red Sox outfield, and it's unclear what his future holds despite a good showing in spring training.
The Republican Mar 26, 2015

Red Sox outfield competition: How Shane Victorino's health affects Allen Craig, Rusney Castillo

With a little over a week left in spring training, a look at the Red Sox outfield competition.
Over the Monster Mar 25, 2015

Do the Red Sox even want to trade Allen Craig?

He has no place on Boston's roster, and the Red Sox have had suitors. So why is Allen Craig still in Boston? Back in the first days of the offseason, there were two moves that seemed like safe bets for the Red Sox to make: 1) Sign Pablo Sandoval -- The only way they could have been more obvious with their interest was if they'd renamed Fenway "Pandaville" 2) Trade Allen Craig -- Because it just made sense Even back before the signing of Hanley Ramirez and the Yoenis Cespedes trade, it was clear there was not room for Allen Craig on this Red Sox roster. He hits right handed while the Red Sox...
Boston Herald Mar 25, 2015

Red Sox Notebook: Allen Craig ups status

JUPITER, Fla. — Allen Craig is slowly but surely becoming a factor for the Red Sox.That factor might be as a piece in a significant trade or playing a critical role in the outfield depth chart.Either way, what matters most is that Craig is starting to hit a bit like the 2013 All-Star with the Cardinals and nothing at all like the hobbled and punchless player who came to the Sox in last July’s trade with St. Louis.Yesterday’s three-run double, a one-bouncer off the wall in right-center, reflects the old and improved Craig.
Over the Monster Mar 24, 2015

Red Sox vs. Marlins lineup: Relay race losers

You lose a relay race in camp, you ride the bus to Jupiter. You do not want to ride the bus to Jupiter. Last year, when the Red Sox visited the Marlins during spring training, they did so with one of the weakest lineups to wear the uniform in recent years, spring or no. This year, the team is apparently doing their best to avoid repeating that controversy. Their solution? A relay race. Losers ride the bus. Boston Red Sox (10-8) Jemile Weeks, 3B Dustin Pedroia, 2B Hanley Ramirez, LF Allen Craig, 1B Garin Cecchini, DH Rusney Castillo, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., RF Blake...
Over the Monster Mar 21, 2015

Red Sox vs. Pirates: Rusney Castillo returns to starting lineup

Rusney Castillo is ready to make his first official start of spring as the Red Sox take on the Pirates. Rusney Castillo made his return to game action Friday, going deep in his only at bat against the Orioles. Today, he's back in the starting lineup, but playing with the backups as the Red Sox hit the road against the Pirates. Boston Red Sox (9-8) Rusney Castillo, CF Daniel Nava, 1B Allen Craig, LF Garin Cecchini, DH Jemile Weeks, 3B Humberto Quintero, C Jackie Bradley Jr., RF Deven Marrero, SS Jeff Bianchi, 2B Starting Pitcher -- Wade Miley There's some interesting stuff going on here...
Over the Monster Mar 18, 2015

Giants, Red Sox have discussed Allen Craig trade

What are the Red Sox going to do with Allen Craig? Perhaps the Giants will provide a solution... The Red Sox and Giants have discussed a trade that would send Allen Craig to San Francisco, but according to Peter Gammons, the Red Sox are "not interested in selling low," and the Giants may have called off their search: Despite injuries, Giants not actively pursuing OF. If theydo, they want power. Inquired on Allen Craig,but Sox not interested in selling low — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 17, 2015 Allen Craig has been in a strange baseball limbo for about a year now. Once one of the...
Over the Monster Mar 10, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Xander Bogaerts, Allen Craig, Garin Cecchini

Today's links look at the possible big year ahead for Xander Bogaerts, the growth of Matt Barnes, and a possible role for Jemile Weeks. Xander Bogaerts appears to be poised for a breakout season. (John Tomase; WEEI.com) The Red Sox' rotation isn't exactly balanced in terms of handedness, but they're fine with Miley being the only southpaw. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) Take this for whatever it's worth, but John Farrell doesn't anticipate Allen Craig being traded. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) The manager also had some very nice things to say about Matt Barnes. (Sean McAdam; CSN...
Allen Craig: 'Last year was last year'

Allen Craig: 'Last year was last year'

Former Cardinal looks for a much better season with Boston.
Full Count | WEEI Mar 9, 2015

John Farrell doesn’t expect Allen Craig to be traded

JUPITER, Fla. ‘€“ Allen Craig was once an MVP candidate for the Cardinals. Now he’s little more than a fifth outfielder/trade bait for the Red Sox. Finding him playing time ‘€“ especially because he was once a regular ‘€“ won’t be easy. “It’€™ll be a challenge,” manager John Farrell said on Monday before the Red […]
Craig returns: 'Last year was last year'

Craig returns: 'Last year was last year'

The 2014 season was a nightmare for Allen Craig, who batted .128 and fanned 36 times in 94 ABs for the Red Sox after hitting .237 with the Cardinals.

Takeaways from the Fort: Craig looks good

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort on Day 10 of Red Sox camp: Is Allen Craig trade bait? If so, the market soon could be trending up. Manager John Farrell said Sunday that Craig is showing “much more life in the bat” and looking physically strong after battling a left foot Lisfranc injury in 2014 and hitting just .128 for the Red Sox following the trade that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals. “The foot’s not an issue at this point and we don’t anticipate it to be,” Farrell said.

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