Did Ben Cherington get damaged goods when he acquired Allen Craig from the Cardinals?
On Wednesday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Joe Strauss wrote that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak “conceded Thursday he dealt Craig as a depreciating asset who might become immovable once into the last three years of a contract that guarantees the player $26.5 million.” Strauss alluded the notion that the Cardinals were concerned about long-term issues related to Craig’s left foot/ankle injury last season.
On WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” show Thursday morning, Cherington addressed the level of concern the team has over Craig’s recent ankle injury that landed him on the DL after playing in only one game for the Red Sox.
“Obviously, we entered the trade as we would with any trade, we had access to the medical file and we went through that, and we knew exactly what we were dealing with when we made the trade,” Cherington said. “We knew it was something that he had dealt with and managed and probably would require some additional management and then he just happened to, in his first game played, he just happened to hit the bag funny at first base and tweaked it and so because of that, given the history, we’re just taking a very cautious approach but the long-term prognosis is very good.
“There’s nothing that’s happened in his foot, either last September or last Friday that should be an issue for him long-term. We’re just trying to make sure he gets it right now given the history. Hitters rely on their base and their feet a lot to hit, and when you don’t have that base underneath you, it can cause issues for hitters and who knows, maybe in the aftermath of the injury and coming into this year, maybe it did bother him a little bit but it’s not something that we’re worried will bother him in the long term.”