I’m not at all convinced Craig will lose OF eligibility any time soon. Here in the NLCS, Matheney has had Craig start in the OF and Carpenter start at 1B for the two occasions that one of Holliday and Beltran hasn’t been in the starting lineup.
Also, while Oscar Taveras will be dedicated to the OF whenever he comes up, Matt Adams will be dedicated to 1B whenever he comes up. So I suspect that Beltran and Holliday will be rested enough in 2013 such that for at least 5-10 games next year, Craig mans a corner with Taveras/Jay taking center, and Adams/Carpenter playing 1B. And Adams might even make Craig a regular OF again once Beltran’s contract is up.