Update: Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald notes the Red Sox have optioned Allen Craig to Triple-A.
At 13-17, the Red Sox are still seeking consistency and the club may make be prepared to make a few moves in order to turn things around. Boston may be open to trading several members of its 25-man roster, and according to Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, the Red Sox could explore trading Allen Craig.
Craig, 30, is off to a slow start, posting a .146/.255/.208 batting line to complement one home run and a pair of RBIs through 23 games. Craig went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays, and Mastrodonato adds Craig was seen in Manager John Farrell's office after the game and there were "several indications he could be on the move."
Boston has lost seven of its last eight games and could make several roster moves over the next few days. Jackie Bradley Jr. was scratched from the Triple-A lineup on Saturday and is 14 for his last 30 while hitting safely in seven consecutive contests. If Bradley is promoted, he would likely play center field while Mookie Betts plays in right. Shane Victorino can then play right field against lefty pitchers.
Although the Red Sox could trade Craig, optioning him to Triple-A to allow his bat to warm up may be realistic. Craig still has minor league options but his current contract does not contain any form of no-trade protection. As a result, if Boston wants to trade Craig, any interested team could acquire him without difficulty. The veteran outfielder is making $5.5 million this season and is due to make $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017. His contract also contains an option worth $13 million for the 2018 season.
If the Red Sox are considering trading Craig, they may be forced to pay a large portion of his contract. Consistent playing time may benefit Craig, however if he continues to struggle, Boston will likely explore other options.