Allen Craig (1B,LF,RF)
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." (Source: redsox.mlb.com)
Fantasy Impact: Allen Craig is a non-roster invitee to the Red Sox camp this season. Last year he really struggled with the team only hitting just .152 with one homer and three RBI in 79 at-bats before getting sent down to Triple-A where he spent most of the season. It will take a strong spring for Craig to show he still can play at a major league level.
Having spent the majority of 2015 in Triple-A, Red Sox first baseman Allen Craig has no apparent future in Boston with Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw as the likeliest in-house options to man the position. The former all-star posted a .152/.239/.203 slash line in 88 Major League plate appearance this season. (Source: John Tomase - WEEI)
Fantasy Impact: There was talk earlier this year that Craig may find a home in Miami or San Francisco, but that never came to pass. Instead Craig languished in Triple-A and did nothing to distinguish himself there. Regardless of where he starts 2016 you can leave Craig off of your draft radar. He has shown nothing that would indicate a turnaround.
The Red Sox will recall Allen Craig when rosters expand Tuesday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The Sox will have to find a spot for him on the 40-man roster, but he could take the one that was just vacated by the trade of Alejandro De Aza. (Source: Brian McPherson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Allen Craig has had a major drop in fantasy value from just two years ago when he was being drafted in the top 100. Craig has had a mediocre year in the minors hitting .271 in 92 games. The Red Sox are bringing him up for depth and will not play regularly and should not be owned in fantasy leagues.
The Red Sox cleared Allen Craig through waivers, took him off the 40-man roster and outrighted him to Pawtucket. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The fact that Allen Craig cleared waivers with no one picking him up shows just how far he has dropped in value. Craig was a top hitter just two years ago. Injuries last year and the inability to get on track this season has hampered Craig. Hopefully he can focus in Triple A and get back to his 2012-13 form.
Allen Craig was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, the Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato reports. (Source: Jason Mastrodonato on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The move to Triple-A while a demotion will be a good thing for Allen Craig. He needs to get regular at bats and try to get back to his 2013 form. Craig should not be owned but if he can get himself back together in the minors and come back strong with Boston he could be a fantasy asset later in the season.
Allen Craig entered Monday night's game in left field after Hanley Ramirez suffered a shoulder injury. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Fantasy Impact: With the injury to Hanley Ramirez this could be a chance for Allen Craig to see consistent playing time. It is not known whether or not Ramirez will end up on the DL but Craig could be the guy to replace him in leftfield. Craig is only hitting .146 for the season but has not had the at bats to really get going.
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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that there's "no progress" in a possible Allen Craig trade between the Red Sox and Giants. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Giants could use outfield help and the Red Sox have too many outfielders. A trade of Allen Craig could be beneficial for both teams. Craig has been having a great spring and seems to be over his foot problems that plagued him last year. Allen Craig is not worth drafting in upcoming fantasy drafts but keep an eye on his situation. If he gets playing time he could return to his 2012-13 form.
The Giants have maintained contact with the Red Sox regarding Craig, but the Red Sox do not want to sell low on him heading into the year. (Source: Peter Gammons on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After a strong 2013, Craig is coming off a disaster of a 2014 season. If he is going to turn his career around and become fantasy relevant again, he'll need everyday at-bats. Something he will not be getting in a crowded Red Sox lineup.
Sat, Mar 7th 8:34am EST
By John Aubin
The Giants don't seem inclined to go for Allen Craig, unless price was oddly low. they expect Hunter Pence back May 1 or thereabouts. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: With the logjam in the outfield the Red Sox are looking to trades to help clear some situations. Allen Craig seems to be the top candidate to go. He struggled last year at the plate and was dealing with a foot injury and his value is low right now. But if he does end up in a situation where he plays every day he will have strong fantasy value.
Allen Craig continues to look good in batting practice. That isn't necessarily telling but he clearly has a better base and stronger swing now that his left foot is fully healed. “There’s much more life in the bat,” manager John Farrell said. (Source: Boston Globe)
Fantasy Impact: Allen Craig had a down year last year after two strong seasons with the Cardinals in 2012 and 2013. Part of the problems could be blamed on a foot injury that never properly healed. It sounds as if it is fully healed now and Allen Craig is completely healthy. This could be a bounceback year for him and could be a sleeper pick later in the draft. The main question coming into the season is how much playing time will Craig get? Hopefully spring training will sort things out and make it clearer what Craig's role with Boston will be.
Fri, Jan 23rd 8:19am EST
By John Aubin
Speaking at the media availability for the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner Thursday, both Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell said they are proceeding as if Craig will be just another versatile player on their roster. “Allen can play first in addition to the two corner spots in the outfield. I think we’re focused short-term with Allen right now,” Cherington said. “By that I mean let’s get him into spring training, give him every at-bat he needs and give him a chance to get back into an offensive routine and get back into doing the things he’s capable of doing. It’s one of the things we’ll be able to figure out as it gets closer to opening day. He can protect us at a bunch of spots and we know if he’s doing what he’s capable of doing he can play everyday somewhere to.” (Source: WEEI)
Fantasy Impact: Allen Craig had always been known for his versatility while playing with the Cardinals. He played second base, first base and the corner outfield positions. Which also helped his fantasy value. Currently the Red Sox already have those positions filled and do not have a starting spot for Craig. If they can get him in the lineup and use him to provide depth he could be a good pickup if the at bats are there. Until injuries struck this year Craig has always produced at the plate and put up good fantasy numbers.
The Res Sox busy offseason appears to be far from over, as they now appear to be shopping 1B/OF Allen Craig to a few clubs. (Source: MLB Trade Rumors)
Fantasy Impact: The Marlins and Brewers have been contacted at this point, but luckily for fantasy owners, Craig will likely stay away from Miami after the Marlins locked up Michael Morse. The Mariners, Reds, and Giants are all logical landing spots for Craig as well, seeing as they all are looking for corner outfields to bolster their lineups. Any of these destinations would certainly increase Craig's fantasy value as he does not project to be an everyday player in the Red Sox current lineup.