That could change in a hurry, of course, and Crasnick does say that the Red Sox “have received lots of calls” on Craig from interested teams.
However, the whole idea in acquiring Craig from the Cardinals in the John Lackey deal was to buy low on a struggling former impact hitter, so trading him now would be selling low. And perhaps even lower, since Craig hit .128 in 29 games for Boston following the trade.
Craig is owed $26.5 million for the next three seasons, but hasn’t been the same since breaking his foot in late 2013. Prior to that injury he hit .312 with an .863 OPS in 328 games for St. Louis from 2011-2013, but this year he was one of the worst hitters in baseball.