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“Disinterested” Felix Doubront sure seems like he’s trying to get the Red Sox to trade him

Jul 29, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Two days ago Felix Doubront talked at length about how he wants to be back in Boston’s rotation following a demotion to the bullpen and, if the Red Sox aren’t willing to use him as a starter again, he wants to be traded.

Then last night Doubront was called upon to relieve Clay Buchholz in the sixth inning and proceeded to retire just two of the 10 batters he faced while allowing six runs to turn the game against the Blue Jays into a laugher.

Sean McAdam of described Doubront as looking “disinterested, as though he had nothing invested in the appearance,” but manager John Farrell disagreed with that assessment:

It was an ugly night from the mound. I don’t think that he’s disinterested. He’s capable of more. We’ve seen that. Three of the last four outings out of the bullpen have been very good; tonight, that was obviously not the case. On a night when you’re hopeful of stretching him out a little bit, get multiple innings, that wasn’t the case.

Doubront declined to make any comments or answer any questions following the ugly appearance, which may have been his final one in a Red Sox uniform.

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  1. edelmanfanclub - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    The Red Sox are only keeping him b/c of his potential. I say they should dump him for a PTBNL or outright him off the 40 man roster. He’s had a flashes but hes wildly inconsistent.

    • dan1111 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Who is going to eat those innings if he is not around? Most likely, someone worse. Doubront is no star, but a decent arm to round out the pitching staff is quite useful. And he is low cost. The Sox are not going to give him away for nothing.

      • edelmanfanclub - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Depends. If Lester and Lackey are gone

        Rotation will be: Clay, Rubby, Webster, Workman, and Ranaudo/Prospect Acquired in some trade. Rotation lacks a lefty unless we pick up one in the trade. In that case, I could see Douby getting in some work as a starter but he’s pretty horrible.

        Felix is nothing but a long reliever for us going forward. Rather try out someone else and dump him, rather than hold on to him let his ERA balloon towards ten, then non tender him before 2015.

    • hoopmatch - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      It’s interesting that there are two pitchers named Felix in MLB who are at opposite ends of the talent spectrum.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Reminds me of the scene in Little Big League where McGreevey is getting pounded by the Yankees and McGreevey suggest to Haywood that he should trade him. Haywood’s response: “Hey Mac, what’s the going rate for an absent-minded pitcher who can’t get anybody out?”

    • chip56 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      I love the fact that you quoted Little Big League if for no other reason than the fact that it was the last time the Twins were interesting.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    As a Jays fan, I liked thee way he pitched last night. However, if I was a GM for another team, I would not want him pitching on my team.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Perhaps he should just wait for Boston to trade their other starters. Someone might actually give Boston something of value for Lester or Lackey, while creating an opening for Dubront. I don’t think teams are beating down Cherrington’s door to acquire Dubront.

  5. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Felix Doubront for Domonic Brown? Both 27 year olds who could use a change of scenery.

  6. trenchbattles - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Sounds like we have a Mike McGrevey situation brewing!

  7. pisano - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Look at it from his perspective, how would you like to be a middle-of-the-road left-hander pitching in a park that has a Little League sized left field, and your opponents are throwing nothing but right-handed batters at you, not a pretty picture. This guy would probably be great in the National League, bigger parks, and no designated hitter. They could probably get a pretty good player or two in return for him.

  8. mikhelb - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    lots of redsox fans are waiting to receive orders from newspapers to know what to say against Doubront, as of right now most of ’em are sympathetic towards the guy, but as soon as somebody on the sox front office orders a columnist to fire shots at Doubront after being traded, they’ll be all like flies to… you know, it fits.

  9. drewzducks - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    How does this Sox fan think Felix looked last night?

  10. psousa1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    This is the guy who has been given every chance to win a job over the past 3 seasons even when it was/is clear he should not be in the rotation. They kept running him out there when they had more qualified pitchers than him.

  11. unclemosesgreen - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    He was a placeholder. He was an excuse to develop young arms on the farm instead of the majors.

    Now he’s DFA fodder.

  12. Glenn - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I know that no one cares, but disinterested means impartial, not uninterested. Shouldn’t a reporter know that, even one from Boston.

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