With Boston on the lookout for additional starting pitching and already owning a surplus of infield/outfield depth, now may be a good time for a team to take a chance on Craig without having to give up too much in return.
“He’s only 30 years old, and there’s every reason to think his foot problems are a thing of the past. Craig is also a driven, serious man, someone who is obsessed with putting his career back on track,” Justice said.
Craig was acquired by Boston at last years trade deadline with Joe Kelly in exchange for starting pitcher John Lackey, but was limited to only 126 games during the worst season of his career between the Cardinals and Red Sox due to a lingering foot injury he sustained in September 2013.
The 30-year old Craig produced a lackluster .215/.279/.315 slash line in 2014 to go with eight home runs and 46 RBI – including just .128/.234/.191 with the Red Sox.
However, over five seasons with the Cardinals, the 2006 8th-round draft pick hit an impressive .291/.343/.460 while driving in 291 runs and smashing 57 home runs. He has another five postseason home runs to his credit, including three in the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers:
Many may remember another famous World Series play Craig was involved in, this one coming in 2013, when he would score the winning run on the first ever walk-off obstruction call in the history of the Fall Classic: