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Rotowire: Feb 22 / 3:05p ET
News: Craig reported to training camp Sunday and said he had a normal workout schedule in the offseason, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Craig experienced foot problems in 2013 that impacted his ability to prepare for 2014, when his OPS fell to .594. He understands there isn't a position in Boston's starting lineup for him, but he is prepared to work hard in spring training.
Rotowire: Jan 30 / 1:51a ET
News: Craig said a foot injury impacted his preparation for the 2014 season and added that there are no such problems as he prepares for the 2015 season, the Boston Herald reports. From 2011-2013, Craig hit .312 with an .863 OPS, but he fell off to .215 and .594 last season.
Impact: Craig said his foot felt fine for most of the 2014 season, but feels it impacted his leg strength. At this point, with Mike Napoli at first base and a crowded corner outfield group, Craig is somewhat redundant on the roster. That situation suggests a possible trade, but with his value at a career low, the Red Sox are loath to move Craig. Everyone involved seems motivated to let a healthy Craig report to spring training and grow his trade value.
Rotowire: Jan 23 / 3:10a ET
News: The Red Sox are intent on finding a role for Craig in 2015, WEEI.com reports. "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," general manager Ben Cherington said. "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."
Impact: Craig doesn't have an obvious everyday role. Mike Napoli is expected to start at first base while the corner outfield spots are filled by the offseason addition Hanley Ramirez and lead-off candidate Mookie Betts. And we haven't even talked about former Gold-Glover Shane Victorino. The Red Sox are content to let it play out in spring training and see where Craig is at. He hit just .128 with a .425 OPS after joining Boston last season. Cherington and manager John Farrell want to see what Craig can do with an offseason of full health while starting the year in the Boston organization.