1B,LF,RF - FA - RET
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.