One of the biggest questions the Red Sox have yet to answer this winter is how they will fit Craig into their lineup, who was acquired with Joe Kelly in the John Lackey trade. The team has too many outfielders even before you factor Craig into the equation, but it appears one of John Farrell‘s solutions is to try Craig at the hot corner. “The best thing about where Allen sits now is that he’s here, he’s open to the thought of third base and we’ll see how that plays out…” But is there really going to be any more playing time available for him at third?
Craig was an MVP candidate in 2013, but looked like a different player last season. The Red Sox took a chance on him at the trade deadline, but their optimism seemed misplaced as Craig’s already meager batting average of .237 dropped all the way to .128 after the trade. But Craig has talent, and there are still some who believe a foot injury from the 2013 playoffs that was never fully healed hindered Craig’s production. Joe Kelly believes in Craig’s talent too, and teams are usually willing to gamble on potential. There seems to be no room for Craig in Boston with Ramirez, Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts seemingly firmly entrenched as the starting outfielders and Daniel Nava arguably a better fit as a fourth outfielder.