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Birth Date7-18-1984
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age35 years, 2 months, 25 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2010 SLN 25 44 124 28 7 0 4 9 26 0 0 1 .246 .298 .412 94 -0.6 -0.7 -1.1 0.0
2011 SLN 26 75 219 63 15 0 11 15 40 1 5 0 .315 .362 .555 131 8.1 1.6 0.3 1.6
2012 SLN 27 119 514 144 35 0 22 37 89 1 2 1 .307 .354 .522 125 14.9 -3.6 -10.6 0.7
2013 SLN 28 134 563 160 29 2 13 40 100 10 2 0 .315 .373 .457 119 12.8 -2.5 -3.6 1.5
2014 BOS 29 29 107 12 3 0 1 9 36 4 1 0 .128 .234 .191 73 -3.0 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2
2014 SLN 29 97 398 87 17 1 7 26 77 3 1 1 .237 .291 .346 73 -11.6 -3.6 -4.0 -1.5
2015 BOS 30 36 88 12 1 0 1 7 26 2 0 0 .152 .239 .203 63 -3.4 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3
Career534201350610735914339421113.276.333.43510617.1-9.3-19.71.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 SCO A- NYP 48 201 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 PMB A+ FSL 112 468 .263 .331 .386 .344 93 28.7 14.2 -0.5 152 0 -4.9 -3.3 27.3 3.2
2007 SFD AA TXS 7 25 .267 .334 .412 .267 102 1.7 1.6 -0.1 102 0 1.8 0.4 0.2 0.4
2008 SFD AA TXS 129 568 .272 .342 .417 .332 89 35.9 16.5 0.8 125 0 4.5 2.3 3.6 2.8
2009 MEM AAA PCL 126 521 .273 .342 .416 .359 83 44.4 15.5 -5.4 140 0 -1.4 -3.4 26.6 3.1
2010 SLN MLB NL 44 124 .259 .332 .414 .282 87 1.3 3.4 -1.1 94 14 -1.1 -0.7 -0.6 0.0
2010 MEM AAA PCL 83 350 .277 .347 .436 .361 97 23.3 11.6 -4.5 134 0 -1.6 -1.2 17.3 2.1
2011 SLN MLB NL 75 219 .255 .321 .392 .344 94 13.9 5.9 -1.1 131 10 0.3 1.6 8.1 1.6
2011 SFD AA TEX 2 8 .264 .334 .417 .000 122 -1.3 0.2 -0.1 20 0 0.0 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2011 MEM AAA PCL 10 39 .304 .368 .471 .290 113 -1 1.2 -0.5 85 0 0.3 -0.5 -0.6 0.0
2012 SLN MLB NL 119 514 .255 .319 .404 .334 98 24.7 14.1 -8 125 9 -10.6 -3.6 14.9 0.7
2012 PMB A+ FSL 3 12 .247 .322 .346 .375 104 1.3 0.4 -0.2 127 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
2012 MEM AAA PCL 4 17 .265 .326 .406 .308 90 2.3 0.5 -0.3 145 0 -0.2 -0.3 1.0 0.1
2013 SLN MLB NL 134 563 .250 .312 .390 .368 100 20.4 14.8 -7.8 119 12 -3.6 -2.5 12.8 1.5
2014 BOS MLB AL 29 107 .241 .300 .378 .193 102 -8.3 2.8 -1.4 73 8 -0.2 -0.2 -3.0 -0.2
2014 SLN MLB NL 97 398 .251 .311 .387 .281 103 -10.3 10.3 -4.4 73 8 -4.0 -3.6 -11.6 -1.5
2014 PAW AAA INT 2 6 .256 .349 .417 .250 87 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 95 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2015 BOS MLB AL 36 88 .248 .313 .402 .212 116 -6.9 2.4 -0.9 63 12 -0.4 -0.2 -3.4 -0.3
2015 PAW AAA INT 93 399 .254 .316 .366 .331 89 7.2 11.1 -6.3 128 0 -5.1 -3.0 5.6 0.2
2016 LOW A- NYP 7 27 .218 .303 .305 .294 120 0.5 0.7 -0.4 138 0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.1
2016 PAW AAA INT 22 84 .248 .305 .371 .203 98 -4.1 2.4 -1.4 64 0 -0.6 0.8 -4.1 -0.3
2017 PAW AAA INT 47 182 .259 .325 .399 .333 96 -3.7 5.4 -3.3 108 0 1.1 -0.1 1.6 0.5
2018 ELP AAA PCL 92 363 .273 .342 .435 .342 113 9.3 10.7 -6.4 120 0 -1.0 -1.2 9.6 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 SCO A- NYP 201 175 21 45 13 0 4 70 29 13 28 0 0 .257 .332 .400 .143 1 1
2007 SFD AA TXS 25 24 5 7 2 0 3 18 3 1 6 0 0 .292 .320 .750 .458 0 0
2007 PMB A+ FSL 468 423 77 132 25 2 21 224 77 35 79 8 3 .312 .373 .530 .217 0 0
2008 SFD AA TXS 568 506 84 154 30 0 22 250 85 48 87 2 1 .304 .376 .494 .190 0 0
2009 MEM AAA PCL 521 472 78 152 26 1 26 258 83 37 95 3 0 .322 .379 .547 .225 0 0
2010 SLN MLB NL 124 114 12 28 7 0 4 47 18 9 26 0 1 .246 .298 .412 .167 1 0
2010 MEM AAA PCL 350 306 57 98 24 2 14 168 81 34 59 1 0 .320 .395 .549 .229 0 0
2011 SLN MLB NL 219 200 33 63 15 0 11 111 40 15 40 5 0 .315 .362 .555 .240 2 1
2011 SFD AA TEX 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .125 .000 .000 1 0
2011 MEM AAA PCL 39 35 9 10 2 1 1 17 5 3 3 0 0 .286 .359 .486 .200 0 0
2012 SLN MLB NL 514 469 76 144 35 0 22 245 92 37 89 2 1 .307 .354 .522 .215 7 0
2012 PMB A+ FSL 12 11 1 4 0 0 1 7 1 1 2 0 0 .364 .417 .636 .273 0 0
2012 MEM AAA PCL 17 17 3 6 0 0 2 12 7 0 2 0 0 .353 .353 .706 .353 0 0
2013 SLN MLB NL 563 508 71 160 29 2 13 232 97 40 100 2 0 .315 .373 .457 .142 5 0
2014 BOS MLB AL 107 94 7 12 3 0 1 18 2 9 36 1 0 .128 .234 .191 .064 0
2014 PAW AAA INT 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 0
2014 SLN MLB NL 398 367 34 87 17 1 7 127 44 26 77 1 1 .237 .291 .346 .109 2
2015 BOS MLB AL 88 79 6 12 1 0 1 16 3 7 26 0 0 .152 .239 .203 .051 0 0
2015 PAW AAA INT 399 343 29 94 14 0 4 120 30 49 70 0 0 .274 .368 .350 .076 3 0
2016 LOW A- NYP 27 20 2 5 1 0 0 6 3 6 4 0 0 .250 .407 .300 .050 1 0
2016 PAW AAA INT 84 75 5 13 3 1 1 21 6 7 16 0 0 .173 .250 .280 .107 1 0
2017 PAW AAA INT 182 158 18 40 7 0 1 50 14 22 40 0 2 .253 .352 .316 .063 0 0
2018 ELP AAA PCL 363 317 52 93 18 1 13 152 59 39 73 0 0 .293 .375 .479 .186 3 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2010 495 0.4848 0.4828 0.7699 0.6792 0.2980 0.8834 0.5263 0.2301 0.0070
2011 853 0.5123 0.4502 0.8073 0.6018 0.2909 0.8859 0.6364 0.1927 0.0004
2012 1999 0.4757 0.4307 0.8200 0.5868 0.2891 0.8907 0.6898 0.1800 0.0040
2013 2126 0.4915 0.4548 0.8097 0.6096 0.3053 0.8885 0.6576 0.1903 0.0023
2014 1915 0.5097 0.4548 0.7933 0.6260 0.2769 0.8822 0.5846 0.2067 0.0020
2015 365 0.5151 0.4438 0.7346 0.5798 0.2994 0.7982 0.6038 0.2654 0.0008
Career77530.49490.44930.80200.61000.29180.88260.63460.19800.0027

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-02 2014-08-21 15-DL 19 17 Left Foot Sprain Lisfranc -
2013-09-05 2013-10-03 DTD 28 23 Left Foot Fracture Lisfranc - -
2013-02-23 2013-02-24 Camp 1 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-08-08 2012-08-09 DTD 1 1 - Chest Contusion Bone - -
2012-06-22 2012-06-23 DTD 1 1 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2012-06-20 2012-06-20 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2012-05-17 2012-06-01 15-DL 15 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-26 2012-05-01 15-DL 36 22 Right Knee Recovery From Surgery Screw Inserted Non Union Patellar Fracture 2011-11-18 -
2011-11-18 2011-11-18 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Screw Inserted Non Union Patellar Fracture 2011-11-18 -
2011-06-08 2011-08-10 15-DL 63 54 Right Knee Fracture Patella By Running Into Wall -
2011-05-07 2011-05-11 DTD 4 3 Right Lower Leg Laceration -
2011-04-17 2011-05-02 15-DL 15 13 Left Groin Strain -
2011-03-10 2011-03-11 Camp 1 0 Left Tightness -
2010-03-03 2010-03-10 Camp 7 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-09-05 2009-09-10 Minors 5 0 Groin Strain -
2009-06-25 2009-07-07 Minors 12 0 Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 SDN $
2018 SDN $
2017 BOS $11,000,000
2016 BOS $9,000,000
2015 BOS $5,500,000
2014 SLN $2,750,000
2013 SLN $1,750,000
2012 SLN $495,000
2011 SLN $414,000
2010 SLN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$31,309,000
8 yrTotal$31,309,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 154 dACES1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Re-signed by San Diego 12/22/18 (minor-league contract). Released by San Diego 3/19/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 5 years/$31M (2013-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with St. Louis 3/8/13. 13:$1.75M, 14:$2.75M, 15:$5.5M, 16:$9M, 17:$11M, 18:$13M club option, $1M buyout. Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by Boston in trade from St. Louis 7/31/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Boston 5/18/15. Contract selected by Boston 9/1/15. Sent outright to Triple-A by Boston 11/6/15.
  • 1 year/$0.495M (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/29/12 (split contract, $0.2484M in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.414M (2011). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by St. Louis 11/18/09. Re-signed 3/4/10.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2006 (8-256) (Cal). $15,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 380 43 83 15 1 11 44 37 88 0 0 .246 .326 .395 91 4.0 1B 1 0.5
80o 361 39 76 14 1 10 40 33 86 0 0 .236 .313 .379 84 -0.6 1B 1 0.0
70o 348 36 70 13 1 9 37 31 84 0 0 .225 .300 .360 78 -3.7 1B 1 -0.3
60o 336 34 66 12 1 9 35 29 82 0 0 .219 .293 .355 73 -6.1 1B 1 -0.6
50o 325 32 62 11 1 8 33 27 80 0 0 .212 .284 .339 69 -8.2 1B 1 -0.8
40o 314 30 59 11 1 8 31 26 79 0 0 .208 .280 .339 65 -10.2 1B 0 -1.0
30o 302 28 54 10 1 7 29 24 77 0 0 .197 .267 .318 60 -12.1 1B 0 -1.2
20o 289 25 50 9 1 7 27 22 74 0 0 .191 .257 .313 55 -14.1 1B 0 -1.5
10o 270 22 44 8 1 6 24 19 71 0 0 .179 .242 .293 47 -16.5 1B 0 -1.7
Weighted Mean3283264121834288100.217.290.34670-7.61B 1-0.8

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty redraft league would you draft Carlos Rodon or Rusney Castillo? I have 3rd overall pick and the first two teams are taking Yoan Moncada, and the Yasmany Tomas.
(jdc1989 from St. Louis)
I'm not a huge fantasy guy, but I do play one pretty serious league - that I will admit I haven't won in a while. Fantasy baseball is usually a nightmare for people who work in and around baseball since they never have time in the summer to pay a whole lot of attention - and whenever they DON'T win, the guy who does win brags "my buddy is a scout for (team X) and I just beat him in fantasy!" Fun stuff. I get out to a lot of games in the Spring and Summer so I don't often get to watch my fantasy guys a whole lot.

Anyway... in my experience in fantasy though, I feel like I can always find a decent outfielder easier than I can find an above average pitcher. This seems pretty much true regardless of format, size, etc... There's just a lot of useful outfielders even though you can start three. The very top guys are great and all (ie. Trout), but I'm a lot more confident I can find myself an outfielder even in a deep dynasty league than I can a pitcher like Rodon could be. This is still true even though position players and position player prospects are on average tremendously safer bets than pitchers and pitching prospects. Arms are just riskier... and harder to project, less stable skill sets - not just about higher rate of injury.

I actually got a live look at Rusney last fall and he's a pretty talented player. I'm also not the highest guy on our prospect staff on Rodon. He didn't wow me when I saw him live (I actually preferred Jeff Hoffman's raw stuff, pre-surgery). I worried about his back issues going back to high school, too. My biggest dings on him were his FB command (often misses spots and heater rises up arm side) and overuse of his SL/cut. I don't see Rodon as being a true #1 starter because of those issues, but he certainly looks like a very good big league starter and he's basically there right now. Full disclosure wise - plenty of people in baseball would say (and did in fact say) that I'm really nitpicking here and that Rodon is going to be a monster. He's a big, durable (hopefully), lefty with plus to double-plus velo and a true out pitch. Even the downside of Rodon is appealing enough for me to pass on Rusney. Boston's plethora of lineup options kind of bugs me for fantasy value, too. Could they mix and match 4-5 guys with Mookie, Victorino and Allen Craig stealing ABs from Rusney? I don't think they laid out $70 million to sit him, though. In either case, I don't think it's possible to overstate how much the White Sox absolutely adore Rodon. In many way he's as safe a top starting pitching prospect as you will ever find available in a dynasty draft/auction and he's also a great bet to pay dividends quickly. (Al Skorupa)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)What impact will Cespedes' trade have on Betts, Bradley, and Brock? Who might see more playing time as a result?
(dvanhait from Holland)
Well, more playing time, obviously. I don't think Bradley starts the year in the majors though, and Holt is more of a supersub. You don't have to create time for him. Still have to figure out Allen Craig and Shane Victorino at some point though. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)Can Allen Craig pitch tho?
(MRubio52 from Chicago)
He'd be the Cubs' best pitching prospect. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)Sad day for me. I miss Allen Craig :(
(mdthomp from pooptown)
I promise we will treat him well. So long as he produces like an All-Star, is humble, says he wants to stay in Boston and will take less money to do so. That's really all Boston fans want. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)More valuable in a trade package: Allen Craig or Craig Goldstein?
(Holly from Dallas)
I prefer the Goldstein package. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Bret- rounding the quarter pole here who are some of your buy low targets or guys who have started pretty slow that you fully expect to rebound? Thanks
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
I have a trio of first basemen that I'm targeting, who have had various levels of struggles this year. Eric Hosmer has been hitting for average, but I still believe the power is coming--maybe his owner is losing faith. Prince Fielder has been in a funk, but I don't think he's done. And Allen Craig is too good of a hitter to continue like this, as long as he's healthy. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm looking for a RF for a dynasty league. I have Pence, but I'm looking to get younger. I can probably get Gregory Polanco, but Taveras would be a much bigger get. Is Taveras likely to play RF, or some other OF position? What's the likely playing time scenario for both he & Polanco?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It wouldn't surprise me if Taveras plays some center field when he arrives. Unless the Cardinals find a new position for Allen Craig (or he or Adams is hurt) I'm not sure how else they'll get them all into the lineup. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)What is Stephen Piscotty's fantasy ceiling?
(MRubio52 from Chicago)
Essentially, Allen Craig but with less power. How the Cardinals keep finding/developing these guys is just incredible. I blame Mort. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any NL-only 4th OF'ers or equivalent that you really like? I'm thinking of someone along the lines of Allen Craig a few yearsa ago that flashed some promise but was in line to back up at the start of the season.
(mj1453 from chicago)
I like Drew Stubbs for the Colorado factor and because Corey Dickerson is no sure thing, Jon Jay as a sneaky value proposition behind the oft-injured Peter Bourjos, and Nate McLouth as a sneaky source of speed even as a backup. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben, Loving the podcast. I took over a 12-team 2 catcher auction roto league. It is 5x5 standard scoring, only i has K/9 instead of K. 260 auction budget. I can keep up to 10 guys. Would love to get your expertise opinion Here are the 12 I am deciding between. All except Jones and Craig can be kept for an additional year at a price increase Gattis ($1) Rendon ($5) Tulo ($33) Adam Jones ($32) Allen Craig ($11) Frieri ($4) Carlos Martinez ($1) Matt Moore ($15) Tyson Ross ($7) Yordano V. ($1) Cingrani ($5) Alex Wood ($5) I really want to keep CMart cause of his immense talent and price. But have a feeling you will have as one of the drops thanks!
(rzt101 from Queens)
These are hard to answer on the fly, a they require a ton of thought, but off the top of my head I'll drop Ross and Wood. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)At first base, Allen Craig or Victor Martinez? It is perhaps a closer call than I expected. (Linear-weights-like points, 18 teams, modified keeper league; both players have essentially the same keeper cost. Moss is next in line.)
(justarobert from Santa Clara)
I would lean Allen Craig here, especially at first base. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that Matt Adams gets the 1b job full time in STL with Craig moving to the OF?
(Chad from OKC)
Hi Chad:

At the moment, this seems likely. I have Adams penciled in for 1B with Allen Craig moving to the outfield. It's not a perfect scenario defensively, but I can't see St. Louis moving either player to the bench. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Oscar Taveras matures into the Cardinal's everyday RF, I would have think it would push Allen Craig to 1B. Therefore Matt Adams playing days may be numbered. Do you see this playing out any other way?
(Travs Hound from Arkansas)
No. I think Adams gets moved at some point. He seems to fit best in the AL, where that body could slide to DH for as long as the bat plays. Of course we're probably a year away from all this going down. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cardinals success in developing high-caliber players without incurring high costs has become a sort of received wisdom for baseball fans. Do you have any thoughts on what that formula really entails, or what other teams are closest to replicating it?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
I tried to pry information out of them--to no avail. Partly it's a matter of correlating college stats with field observation (as with Allen Craig), but it's also a matter of great minor-league teaching and training. There are a lot of good stories on the web about "The Cardinal Way" that stress what happens to St. Louis prospects AFTER they're drafted. (Kevin Kerrane)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How big of a disadvantage will the Red Sox be when playing in St.Louis. At least having Napoli or Ortiz on the bench helps in late innings (right?)
(MrNegative1 from Tampa)
They are disadvantaged, no doubt. Although, as you mentioned, they'll have a good pinch-hitter available off the bench either way. The weird thing is the Cardinals will be hurt by not having a DH, too, since they'll need to sit Matt Adams or Allen Craig. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Belt's second half seemed very promising. Do you think he can finally climb over the hump and become a solid fantasy first basemen? What kind of stat line can do you predict next year? Thanks for the chat!
(Jim from The couch)
I've always liked Belt. He was a $22 hitter in NL-only, earning $3 less than Adrian Gonzalez and Allen Craig. He's already solid, the question for me is how much further can he climb. At one time, I thought Belt would develop into a 30 HR hitter, but his minor league track record combined with his Major League performance make this seem unlikely. Still, a 20-25 HR hitter in his prime with some speed and solid batting averages can't be overlooked. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)One more NL Central question. With Matt Adams coming into his own, and Oscar Taveras still lurking in the minors, does St. Louis try to re-up Carlos Beltran? Or do they risk letting the oft-injured Allen Craig move to right as a regular? I know, what a tough problem to have ...
(Bill from New Mexico)
Terrible, right? I would guess Beltran. I don't really like the idea of putting Craig out there, though I guess it's an opportunity to get Craig and Adams in the lineup at the same time if both stay healthy. I still lean Beltran and I think at this age and with his history and decline in offensive production, a one-year deal at maybe a Berkman-like number might do it.

The big question is what cap Beltran wears in the Hall of Fame if he goes. (Zachary Levine)
2013-06-27 13:15:00 (link to chat)So the Cardinals have an awesome problem. What are they going to do in 2014 with Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, and Matt Adams when Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, and Allen Craig already in their respective positions?
(Brady Childs from Boulder)
I wish we all had the Cardinals' problems. Carlos Beltran will be a free agent, and Craig can play a lot of positions, so finding time for Taveras, Adams, and Craig seems doable. Carpenter's emergence makes Wong a valuable trade chip. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think a Andrus for Allen Craig deal is crazy talk for TX & STL? How about for Taveras?
(Tony from Work)
They'd have to give Profar for Taveras and while it's a completely fair deal, I don't think we'll ever see it. It's just so hard to give up your future stud that you nurtured all the way up. I think Andrus is worth more in real baseball than just Craig. Overall, these two teams do seem like they are a fit for a trade to plug each other's holes. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)This is great, I had dinner and you're still chatting. What should a package of Corbin/Cashner bring back in a keeper league?
(Keown from Amsterdam)
Maybe Anibal Sanchez or my boy Allen Craig on the offensive end. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, What is your perfect adult beverage? Perfect adult female? And perfect adult baseball player?
(Tony from Home)
Probably some wine, I don't drink much anymore & I wouldn't know a good beer if it bit me in the face; Scarlett Johannson still holding my top spot though it's contentious; and Justin Verlander with Allen Craig being my favorite non-Tiger (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better rest of the season; Carlos Gomez or Allen Craig?
(Brad from Everywhere)
Gomez, because his surrounding cast is about to get better. Once Weeks realizes the 2013 season has begun and Hart gets in the lineup, Milwaukee's lineup has the potential to be incredibly productive. (Jason Collette)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kubel or Allen Craig? I think I know the answer.
(CraigDesign from Atlanta)
If I could ban people... (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)McCutchen, Ryan Howard, Jose Fernandez for Giancarlo and Allen Craig. 12 team mixed roto
(joel from Texas)
Unless this is a keeper league, then I would give an emphatic "no." I dig Fernandez, but his innings-count will be limited this season, and he is likely to go through some growing pains. I am still waiting for the intimidating Ryan Howard to show up, as right now he is scarier in the Subway commercials than at the plate. Giancarlo and Craig are heavy bats that can carry an offense - gimme the two over the three. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)12 team keeper h2h, with 12 man minor league rosters. Allen Craig for Zunnino and Jose Fernandez?
(Old professor from New york)
I tend to think that young players are overrated in keeper leagues, and I'm saying that as someone who has overrated them in my keepers for years. There is so much that can happen between AAA and the majors, and though Fernandez already looks like a keeper, we are comparing 5 innings against the body of work for Craig. I find that prospects often cost roughly 80-90% of what we think they are capable of, yet in reality very few of them will reach their ceiling, and it could take years for that to happen (at which point they could be on someone else's roster). So I prefer the bird in the hand to the two in the Bush Leagues.

On the jukebox: Judas Priest, "Green Manalishi" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)If you had Kimbrel in a dynasty league, name a hitter who you trade him for. Thanks
(rkessl from chicago)
A top-50 bat that could help me win this year, since I want to win NOW in every league I'm in, regardless of format. Kimbrel will help do that more than any other closer, so give me a bat who will also be a difference maker. Let's say, Paul Goldschmidt? Allen Craig? Yoenis Cespedes? Just spitballing some names there.. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team keeper league h2h points..Allen Craig or AGon?
(The old professor from Jupiter fla)
Old Professor, you must be new to the Paul Sporer Experience. :) Joking aside, it's Craig for me. Love that dude. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have an intense dislike for Miguel Cabrera that burns as bright as your (and my) love for Allen Craig. That said, should I avoid Miggy in my auction, or go after if and trade him after the draft?
(Jonah from Phoenix, AZ)
I never let my personal disdain cloud my fantasy judgment. I'd even roster Jonathan Papelbon. Why not just go for Braun, Stanton, Trout, Kemp types instead of having to worry about finagling a trade? (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, just wanted to let you know that I'm no longer seeing Justin. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/21703459/urgent-kate-upton-says-shes-not-dating-justin-verlander
(Kate Upton from Michigan)
LOL at the SEO action at the end of that blurb. Alas, I knew that and I'm currently seeing Kate wants to come to one of my auctions and rub my shoulders as I get bid up by some jerk on Allen Craig and end up paying $38 for him. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 5x5 12 team keeper league (keep 7). Keepers are Holliday, cliff lee, Chris sale, Aramis Ramirez, Billy Butler, Jose Bautista and Allen Craig. Been offered a trade: Craig for Matt Cain. Should I accept and why?
(Fletch from Tierra Del Fuego)
With the caveat that fantasy is absolutely not my thing, I would do that deal for sure. You should be able to replace Craig's offense at 1B fairly easily, and Cain is an elite starter who will almost certainly give you 220 innings a year for the next couple of seasons. So yeah, pull the trigger! (Ian Miller)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)You recommended trading Allen Craig???????? Blocked, reported for spam, told Anonymous hacker syndicate that you punched a woman so they'll chase you down, window x'd, punched self in throat just for having read it.
(Paul Sporer from Austin)
Too many first names, pass (Ian Miller)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)How far will your love of Allen Craig go?
(Jason A from Detroit)
I've already taken him in the top 35 of three leagues. Renaming my beagle The Wrench is the obvious next step. (Paul Sporer)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you buy the Cardinals line that they are going to do nothing at SS and bank on Furcal's health and Kozma as the backup? Seems like a potential repeat of the Berkman issue last year, except Kozma (or Jackson for that matter) aren't Allen Craig.
(Jon V. from Derby,KS)
I sort of buy it in that the market isn't exactly flush with shortstops. Would it be that easy to get an upgrade over Furcal? (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)So what are the odds that Allen Craig gets named to the All Star team (injured Votto) and benched by his own team (for Berkman) in the same week? Or can we hold out hope that Berkman becomes MLB's best pinch hitter?
(Hokieball from DC)
Haha, I don't think I'd hold my breath on that plan of action for Berkman. I'm sure they'll try to work Craig in at first and outfield whenever possible, but I'll be very interested to see if they try him at second. There was talk of it last year and it never really happened, but with the way he's hitting, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets some legs. The team could also bench Jon Jay more often, but since I own him pretty much everywhere, I'm not going to mention it... (Derek Carty)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name a handful of current bench players you see carving out a role and producing fantasy worthy numbers?
(Ridin'thepine from Splintersville)
Obviously things would have to break right for each of these guys, but here goes: Jeff Keppinger, Kosuke Fukudome, Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Johnny Giavotella, Dave Ross, Juan Francisco, Tyler Moore, Adrian Cardenas, Chris Snyder, Allen Craig, Wilin Rosario, Nate Schierholtz (Derek Carty)
2012-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Allen Craig eventually force himself into the 2B equation? The guy needs to be in the lineup every day.
(tommybones from new york)
If necessary, but Jay's injury opens an outfield spot. I think he'll get his ABs, but the Wrench (his amazing nickname... hat tip to Cory Schwartz who I first heard it from) will play. (Paul Sporer)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason, how much playing time do you see John Mayberry & Allen Craig getting? Sleepers? Thanks, Dan
(DandaMan from SeaCliff)
Mayberry should be a cinch to get 500 PA while Craig is a 50/50. I don't know if Mayberry can be considered a sleeper any longer as he should be a 20+ HR guy & 10 SB guy that will struggle to hit above .270 (Jason Collette)
2012-03-14 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben, how do much playing time do you see the following guys getting: Zach Cozart, John Mayberry, Dayan Viciedo and Allen Craig? I see them all as potential fantasy sleepers. Thanks.
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
Can't say I strongly disagree with our Depth Charts on any of those guys. I think Cozart has the clearest route to playing time, and I'm cautiously optimistic. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Word out of St. Louis is that TLR made his decision around the beginning of August -- AFTER the Rasmus trade. Do you think they'd have been as willing to go all-in by moving a potential star who didn't get along with the manager if they'd know TLR wasn't coming back?
(Bill from New Mexico)
That's a great question and not one I can easily answer from my vantage point here, but the trade is still solid even if they know TLR is out the door. They had outfield depth in Allen Craig and Jon "Chief Justice" Jay and a fatal shortage of breathing pitchers. And there is every possibility that Rasmus was so disgruntled that he was never going to be gruntled again, regardless of who the manager is, or that they had reached the point where they didn't want to deal with him anymore regardless. I've said this before, but never underestimate the possibility that "I'm sick of you" was the motivation for a trade that is otherwise tough to figure out. (Steven Goldman)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, do the Cards go and find a 4-6 week replacement for Pujols (Juan Miranda? Casey Kotchman?) or is it Berkman (when healthy) and prayer?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Given the length of time Pujols will be out, I don't see the Cardinals as making a move. I strongly suspect we'll see Berkman playing first base with Allen Craig and John Jay soaking up the bulk of the right field at-bats. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where would you rank Allen Craig amongst NL 2B once he gets eligibility?
(KD from Loop)
Depends how much they play Schumaker. If the PT gets split relatively evenly, he's probably somewhere in the middle, ahead of guys like Daniel Murphy and Jonathan Herrera, maybe in line with a guy like Darwin Barney. It really depends on the PT, though. (Derek Carty)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Free Allen Craig?
(Dan from St. Louis)
I'm hardly blowing him up, and he's not in my Top 100, but I do find him WAY underrated. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you agree with Tony La Russa's decision to give the third base job to converted outfielder Joe Mather over David Friese or Allen Craig? Friese was in a car accident and couldn't play for a week, but it doesn't seem like TLR ever gave him a chance.
(jbuofm from Peoria)
It's a 4-6 week stopgap play. One issue is that if you give it to a decent prospect and they play well, you're stuck when Glaus returns. By giving it to Mather, you avoid that issue; he's no more than a utility guy, anyway. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Stephen Marek have a chance to be in the closer mix for the Braves over the next few years? He's been touted by at least one well-known baseball analyst as a Top 60 talent (?!), but his numbers (especially since joining the Braves) don't exactly scream "future closer". Also, is Allen Craig of the Cards a solid future big leaguer at third base, or more of a utility type?
(stickman from baltimore)
I've no idea who you are talking about, but Marek isn't THAT good. That said, I think he'll be a solid big league reliever -- just not a closing one. (Kevin Goldstein)


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