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Cubs acquire Felix Doubront from Red Sox

Jul 30, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

Felix Doubront made it clear that he wanted the Red Sox to either put him back into the starting rotation or trade him, and then he went out and had a terrible relief appearance that many took to mean he was trying to push a trade.

He got his wish, as Jon Morosi of reports that the Red Sox have traded the left-hander to the Cubs for a player to be named later. Chicago’s brain trust of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Boston when the Red Sox signed Doubront out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager.

He’s been a mess this season, but Doubront has generally been a decent third or fourth starter with a good strikeout rate and bad control. Combined during the previous two seasons he started 56 games with a 4.59 ERA and 306 strikeouts in 323 innings. He’s also under team control, so the Cubs may have filled a rotation spot for more than the second half.

  1. jerze2387 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    “wanna force our hand? We’ll just trade you to the Cubs. Enjoy losing”

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Given the season the Red Sox are having, he will not notice the difference.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Indeed, Proudly, going from 48-59 last place to 44-61 last place would seem to suggest a minimal impact to his October plans.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        I wonder if he’ll notice his ring from last year?

      • 18thstreet - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        You really talk a lot of smack for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since (googles “events of 1993”).

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        That complaint is a non sequitur.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      They could have sent him to the Stros.

  2. dwaynehosey - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Dubront is from Venezuela, not the Dominican.

  3. sabatimus - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Crash Davis is about all he is worth.

    • buffalochris - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Send Manny back to Boston LOL, he’s in the Club’s AA or AAA isn’t he?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Dubront was terrible in relief on Monday. It looks as if Theo got him for peanuts. This trade also clears the spot for Workman on the 25 man roster, as he is being called up to pitch tonight.

  5. edelmanfanclub - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    The Red Sox will happily send out all the former Sox mistakes you made Theo. (IE: Bard, Felix) Good riddance, the only thing is if the Sox trade Lester will need a lefty starter and none are that great right now in AAA. Maybe purchase Owens? But I doubt it.

    • Wesley Clark - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Red Sox fans have a very short memory. Bard was a fantastic set-up man before falling off a cliff. A worthwhile gamble. Doubront seems like a typical low risk/high reward pitcher that the Cubs have brought in recently (ie – Feldman, Hammel). I have never heard a fan base whine and cry about a GM that won two (2!!) World Series for the franchise. You just won again last year! Get over it.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Hey, don’t group me in with this guy. I still love Theo.

        And what happened to Bard is really sad.

      • edelmanfanclub - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        I guess my tone came off a little rough, I do like Theo for 04 and 07, but all I am saying is we will happily give up guys that don’t pan out for us and give them to the Cubs to likely not pan out (there have been more than these two). I didn’t like how he jumped ship in 2011, but its not a big deal anymore. I’ll admit Bard was worth the gamble strictly as a RP, but I don’t see Doubront having an impact.

    • dsaverno - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Man, Sawks fans are as bad as evil empire fans now, in an uptown sort of way

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Oh man, now way, say it ain’t so…. [/sarcasm]

    • 18thstreet - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Best thing for everyone involved. Theo gets to say “we always believed in you,” and for very little cost gets to see if he can rebuild Doubront’s confidence. If I were the President/GM of any other team, I wouldn’t bother. But I think the Cubs are taking a good chance here.

  7. twalton95 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, the excitement i have for this “trade” almost equals my disapointment in the upcoming Lester trade. See ya Doubront thanks for nothing.

  8. drewsylvania - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    WTF. The PTBNL list had better be a good one. Otherwise the Sox just gave away a lefty 5th starter, which don’t exactly grow on trees.

  9. drewsylvania - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Don’t group me in the WHYDFML Sox fan group. Bard was a great reliever who the Sox effed up. They knew he had the yips as a starter. Yet they messed with him anyway.

    • Glenn - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Whatever went wrong with Bard, it was within his own mind. Don’t forget, he requested to be a starter. The Sox didn’t force him into it and “eff” him up.

  10. drewsylvania - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I’m not optimistic. Cherington’s trade record is abysmal, and Theo’s wasn’t much better. I’m hoping for a decent prospect back, but expect to be PO’ed about the outcome.

    Never sell low on a guy unless he’s cooked. Which Doubront might be, I guess, but we’ll see.

  11. markwri - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    A player to be named for a former starting pitcher having a bad year is a joke. The Red Sox GM should be fired.

  12. joestemme - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    While Doubrant was very inconsistent – and just outright poor much of this year – let’s give him his due for a pretty darn fantastic Playoff and World Series relief run last season.

    Rings don’t grow on trees (as MANY organizations lament), so be thankful for Doubrant’s contribution during the post-season. It just goes to show you that it isn’t just star talent that makes a champion.

  13. pwshrugged - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    The Cubs are turning into the NL Twins. Multiple high-end position prospects, and a collection of #3/#4 starters from the other league.

    That said, Doubront – like Straily – is young yet and has had some success. Good trade by the Cubs.

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