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Rumor Mill: Cubs interested in former St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig

Reports out of Boston indicate that the Red Sox are still trying to deal former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Allen Craig.

One of the teams said to be most interested and actively scouting Boston is the Chicago Cubs.

What a nightmare it would be if Craig, a fan favorite in St. Louis during the bulk of his years here, a hero of the 2011 championship post season and a guy who has two qualities the Redbirds need: The ability to hit for power and a knack for driving in runs, ends up playing for St. Louis' hated rivals.

Craig, who hit at every level before an injury-plagued 2014 campaign which saw him bat .237 for the Cardinals before being dealt to Boston in a package that included Joe Kelly going their way and John Lackey coming ours, is batting .292 for the Red Sox so far this spring with a home run.

Some reports say the Red Sox trade talk is overblown because Craig was a player the Sox planned to draft before St. Louis swooped in and selected him. But, even with the trade of Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit, Boston has a very crowded situation in the corner outfield spots at first base and at designated hitter, the spots where Craig is best suited to play. So it wouldn't be a surprise if he was dealt if Boston could get back some pitching or some young talent.

The San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants have also been rumored to be interested in Craig.

While the Red Sox are likely to profit from selling off their surplus, so far it seems that the Cardinals aren't finding any takers for theirs.

Rumors around spring camp indicate that the Birds are shopping lefty reliever Sam Freeman.

Lefty relievers usually come at a premium. But it seems that every team in baseball knows Freeman isn't going to make this team and will have to be run through waivers before he can be sent to the minor leagues.

Randy Choate, who failed to cover first base Wednesday and then hit a batter to get into trouble, has a relatively lucrative contract and a veteran's track record on his side in the bullpen numbers crunch and Kevin Siegrist, who was the best lefty reliever in the National League two years ago seems to be healthy and pitching well again in 2015. That's the two spots for southpaws available already accounted for before Marco Gonzales (6 hits allowed in 10 2/3 innings, 0.84 ERA) is even considered.

Another complicating factor is that Jaime Garcia is pitching well in the spring. Unless hes' traded, he's going to get a roster spot -- at least for as long as he can stay healthy. That could send Carlos Martinez to the bullpen and make the roster even more complicated to sort out.

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