May 5, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Allen Craig (5) at bat during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Allen Craig – NOT! HOT!
Mixed emotions on the performance of the former Cardinal star. Craig has been consistent with the bat, but with a distinct lack of power and RBI. In 27 games a total of two home runs and a mere nine RBI to go in conjunction with a .294 average. That will not get the attention of any potential suitors looking for some batting punch. The “Old” Craig could get nine RBI in a good week.
Craig was offered earlier by the Red Sox with no takers. That onerous contract and decaying MLB production had no takers even among the most optimistic.
Craig will stay with Pawtucket and his future is dependent upon the patience of the Red Sox to avoid dead money and a sudden surge, especially in his RBI production, that could create an interested buyer outside Boston or even a return to the Red Sox.
Craig’s career may rapidly be trending towards Independent ball, Korea or Japan if he regresses, but so far the results are mixed.