Cubs Acquire Felix Doubront

4:41pm: The Red Sox have announced the deal.

2:17pm: The Cubs have acquired Felix Doubront from the Red Sox, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports first reported (on Twitter) that a deal was close.

The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later in return for the 26-year-old lefty, Jim Bowden of reports on Twitter. That player will be determined after the Rule 5 draft, tweets Alex Speier of

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Doubront’s tenure in Boston seemed destined to come to an end after he publicly announced his desire to return to the rotation — with another team, if necessary. After beginning the year as one of the team’s five starters, Doubront was dropped to the pen after posting a 5.19 ERA over ten starts. Things have only gone downhill since, as he has surrendered a .375/.409/.625 line and 11 earned runs to the 45 opposing hitters he has faced in seven relief appearances.

Chicago will hope that a change of scenery prompts a turnaround for a player who is said to have high-quality stuff. (Over 2012-13, Doubront compiled 323 1/3 innings of 4.59 ERA ball as a starter.) He will be arb-eligible for the first time next year, and his price tag should be manageable given his rough numbers this year. In many respects, Doubront is not unlike several of the Cubs’ other recent buy-low pitching additions (both through free agency and trade) — Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Scott Feldman come to mind — though he comes with the added benefit of a lower cost and extended, uncommitted control.

Jeff Todd contributed to this post.

93 Responses to Cubs Acquire Felix Doubront Leave a Reply

  1. AZDbacksfan1 11 months ago

    Wonder what the sox will get in return. Probably not too much I’m guessing

  2. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    The Red Sox sale has begun. Next up Lackey and Lester.

  3. Chioakcisco 11 months ago

    …for a case of Goose Island IPA.

  4. Cyyoung 11 months ago

    Saw him Pitch in the Minors, he’s not as bad as he’s been hope he turns it around for the Cubs. Theo signed him very young.

  5. slasher016 11 months ago

    Likely a PTBNL deal.

  6. sourbob 11 months ago

    Jesse Rogers and various other sources say an Emilio Bonifacio trade should be finalized shortly. No word so far on where he’s going or what the Cubs are getting.

  7. bucsws2014 11 months ago

    Theo would know Doubront well, no?

    • Fangaffes 11 months ago

      Indeed, and Hoyer, too. Doubront has a ton of talent, but insufficient drive and dedication. I thought this was going to be his break-out year. Oh well, I was right about Pierzynski and Drew (for all the good it did).

      • 108 stitches 11 months ago

        When Doubront hears “Drive” he googles the closest McDonalds, Chinese Buffet or Taco Bell. The man likes to eat.

  8. Karkat 11 months ago

    A PTBNL? That’s it?

    • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

      His poor comments and recent work killed his value. Good buy low for the Cubs. I would have liked something decent back given he still is under team control but I’m happy to see him gone.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      Probably means it is a player drafted by the Cubs this year as they cannot be officially traded yet.

      • Neil Tatro 11 months ago

        highly doubtful its a player they just drafted dude..

        • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

          Why? Red Sox sure aren’t getting any good close to MLB ready talent for Felix.

          • RooneyTunes 11 months ago

            Because they’re probably not getting much talent whatsoever for Felix. Most likely a AAAA player of some sort.

          • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

            If that’s the case the Sox really messed up selling low on Felix, better off with a far from MLB ready lottery type prospect than a AAAA guy.

            Doubront has never been great but he was a serviceable starter in 2012-2013.

          • RooneyTunes 11 months ago

            It was selling low, but it was time for Felix to go. He wasn’t happy about not having a spot in the rotation, and the way he performed it would be hard to justify giving him one of Lester or Lackey’s spots over Workman, Webster, or Ranaudo. He’ll probably turn things around over in Chicago, and I wish him all the best, but his time in Boston was done.

          • Dr. Balloons 11 months ago

            Speier tweeted the player will be conveyed after the rule 5. Means he is likely close to majors. so not a 2014 draft pick.

        • Strugz 11 months ago

          You beat me to this comment.

      • DippityDoo 11 months ago

        I doubt the Sox would wait almost a year for their return. It might be an A B thing depending on performance or another pending deal. Might be the PTBNL from either Dodgers or Athletics deal. Could be an injury situation.

        • JCurrie39 11 months ago

          I would love if it ends up being the Dodgers PTBNL traded by the cubs. Probably won’t be though.

          • DippityDoo 11 months ago

            The rumor now is it won’t be completed til after rule 5 draft in December.

      • TFF17 11 months ago

        Might be an agreement that the Cubs will take somebody in the Rule 5 draft for the Red Sox.

      • no way they can’t be traded for way too long after they wouldn’t have bothered making this deal now they would have just waited until the offseason if it was someone they drafted this year.

    • What did you expect for a guy who watched his stock plummet this year? They’re lucky they got a warm body for him.

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  10. schaddy24 11 months ago

    Adding a lefty will allow Theo/Jed to shop Russell and Wright. The PTBNL shouldn’t be too much.

    • Jonas Salk 11 months ago

      All they’ll get for Russell or Wright is another PTBNL.

  11. JacksTigers 11 months ago

    I would find it highly amusing if they held onto Lester.

  12. Frank Richard 11 months ago

    Chris Bosio seems like he knows how to get the most out of a guys talent. For example: Jake Arrieta, Scott Feldman, Travis Wood, Paul Mahlom. This could be a good pick up if the cubs aren’t sending to much.

    • Jonas Salk 11 months ago

      He also got a lot of Jackson, don’t forget Jackson.

      • Chris 11 months ago

        And Travis Wood hasn’t been anything to write home about this year either at least on the mound — one ot their better hitters. Bill Mueller is having more luck with him on the mound this year.

    • over100 11 months ago

      Jackson, Wood, Veras, Villanueva

      • John Danielson 11 months ago

        Travis wood was an all star last year, this is the first season of his career he’s struggled.

        • Jonas Salk 11 months ago

          Umm no. Travis Wood had one really good year and everything outside of that is average at best if not below average. People need to look at last year as his career year. He’s NOT going to repeat that or even come close to it. There is absolutely zero reason to think otherwise based off Wood’s career.

    • over100 11 months ago

      Jackson, Wood, Veras, Villanueva

    • BacborisTheOriginal 11 months ago

      He’s no Dave Duncan but then again without Voodoo/ Robert Johnson style pact, who could be?

      All in all though, he’s still pretty damn good.

  13. JMG 11 months ago

    PTBNL? We all know how that worked out for the Sox last time. Oh well.

  14. Israel Piedra 11 months ago

    Call me crazy, but I think the Red Sox were too hasty in selling off a 26-year old LHP who’s had long stretches of success. I get that he’s been bad this season, but I think the hook is too quick. That said, a change of scenery will do him good.

    • Fangaffes 11 months ago

      I think they would have been more patient if not for the attitude problem.

  15. James F 11 months ago

    I am too happy about this. I wanted this to happen for so long.

  16. Jonas Salk 11 months ago

    I thought the Cubs were building for the future. This move says otherwise as adding Felix Doubront will certainly get them back into contention this year. Theo and Jed, just a couple of baseball guru’s

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

      You do realize Doubront has 3 years of team control reaming, right?

      • DippityDoo 11 months ago

        The guy helped eradicate polio, let him have all the odd opinions he wants.

      • Jonas Salk 11 months ago

        Yeah dude, I was kidding around. But it is nice to know they have 3 years of a guy with a career ERA of nearly 5 locked up.

  17. Debageldond 11 months ago

    On purpose?

  18. cyberboo 11 months ago

    A good move for the Cubs and it is a PTBNL, so it isn’t part of their foundation pieces. Doubront clearly wanted out of Boston so he can start games again. His attitude on the mound against Toronto definitely showed the front office that he wasn’t trying any longer, due to being in the pen. Players like that are better on other teams, where they can reach their potential again, knowing they are wanted.

  19. Dustroia15 11 months ago

    He was traded because he has been a huge distraction. It’s addition for subtraction for the Sox. He could end up being a useful back of the rotation pitcher for the Cubs.

    • Tyler 11 months ago

      Nothing wakes you up to reality more than “You play for the Cubs now”

  20. RooneyTunes 11 months ago

    Good luck to Felix in Chicago. I hope he can turn things around.

  21. Pegasus 11 months ago

    For what? a 12 pack of Budweiser?

  22. Matt 11 months ago

    I actually really like this move. Dubront has potential. He has high quality stuff. I wonder what the Sox wanted for him? He went 11-6 in 2013. Rotation is looking decent: Arrieta, Wood, Dubront, Jackson.

    • asovermann 11 months ago

      Potential that he has never found apparently, he has an ERA reminiscent of Edwin’s

      • Badamike 11 months ago

        whats Doubront owed the next 3?

        • asovermann 11 months ago

          Whatever he gets in Arb I’m pretty sure, but he’s still pretty ehh

        • DippityDoo 11 months ago

          I’d guess around 2 mill next year since its based on the previous 2 years performance and he did decent in ’13. But a down year in ’15 will significantly hurt his career earnings moving forward. Nice guy to buy low on and see if he’s motivated by $

    • DippityDoo 11 months ago

      I like the move too, but at the same time 3 of those guys have ERA’s over 5 and ugly WHIPs too.

    • Jonas Salk 11 months ago

      Not to rain on your little parade, but the only guy any other MLB team would want to be part of their rotation would be Arrieta. Everyone else is no better than a #5 starter at this point.

      • BacborisTheOriginal 11 months ago

        Hey… Hendricks could be a solid number 4 and… uh… well… maybe Ramirez stretched out?

        Sorry, I’ll go sit in Matt’s ‘little parade’. /Tear

  23. Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

    Cubs should flip him to the Yankees. While I like Chris Capuano, Doubront has much more upside (and downside, but he is definitely worth the risk).

    • CaptainAmerica 11 months ago

      Because the Cubs are in the business of making the Yankees better?

      • Jonas Salk 11 months ago

        So that’s what they have been up to the last 106 years. Helping the Yankees. Finally we have an answer!

        • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

          I would make a deal that is good for both the Cubs and the Yankees.

    • bigbadjohnny 11 months ago

      Cubs gain….Yankees missed the boat.

      • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

        Well, it’s not like the Yankees and Red Sox were going to deal amongst themselves, but I would definitely give the Cubs a better prospect for Doubront than the PTBNL they are going to give to the Red Sox.

  24. bigbadjohnny 11 months ago

    PTBNL……is Edwin Jackson

    • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

      Throw in some cash and that would not be a bad deal for either team. Jackson would probably be very good in Fenway.

      • Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 11 months ago

        He’d be good in Fenway, from a Yankees perspective. Oh wait, you are a Yankees fan! Now I get ya,

        • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

          I disagree. He is good enough against right-handed hitters to not get too badly dinged by the Green Monster and unless a lefty can yank a drive around the Pesky pole, a lot of fly balls to right and right center are going to get caught. Jackson would do almost as well in Fenway as he did in Detroit. It was a huge mistake for both him and the Cubs for him to pitch half of his games at Wrigley Field. The only worse destinations for him would be Coors Field and Yankee Stadium.

    • Bertin Lefkovic 11 months ago

      Jackson plus whatever he is due to be paid this season plus another $12MM for the next two seasons for Doubront would have been a very good deal for both teams.

  25. connfyoozed . 11 months ago

    The Pirates were at one point rumored to be asking about Doubront, and that possibility interested me. Good move for Doubront, and nice buy-low move for the Cubs. A change of scenery was in order here.

  26. Andy Clouthier 11 months ago

    I didn’t think I’d see a “Cubs acquire” headline this week.

  27. Jay fan since 77 11 months ago

    Looks like Boston is going to trade their whole pitching staff! Maybe Big Papi will pitch tonight! LOL

  28. Jeff Snedden 11 months ago

    Nice get for the Cubs. Doubront seems like a very solid buy-low candidate and he is young enough and controllable enough to still fit into the Cubs long-term plans. I know he kind of forced his way out of Boston, but that seems like a paltry return for a 26-year old lefty starter with good stuff and not a lot of innings on his arm.

  29. Petcopadre 11 months ago

    Jed and Theo are slowly and quietly putting together a good team. Good addition to their team. I was hoping the Padres would pick him up.

  30. TFF17 11 months ago

    Doubront’s fastball was down to 88 mph before he was yanked from the rotation. It has rebounded to 90, in relief, but that is still down from 93 mph that he averaged when he first came up.

    He seems to be a 120 IP starter, and fades physically after that. If he can ever improve his conditioning, and regain his fastball, he could be good.

  31. Matt Johnson 11 months ago

    Does this set the table for an EJax DFA? Hendricks and Wada have pitched well and Doubront is clearly a better option to start games and eat innings than Jackson with greater potential upside.

  32. Ortue 11 months ago

    “……for a player who is said to have high-quality stuff.”….so says the above article. But this guy doesn’t have anything, I’m surprised he survived as long as he did with Sox. He’s a pitch to contact pitcher, Wrigley won’t help him at all….the team getting the ptbnl ususally ends with the short end of the stick….wouldn’t be surprised for it be be Fely Duby himself….Theo keeps picking up these Sox castoffs………..

  33. Exorcist Hunter 11 months ago

    Our pitching coach is pry the best in baseball. He will build this guy up along w/oaks P we got the former rookie of yr in AL. He reminds me of El duke Sox should remember him. He just needs to mature. Add them 2 Wood and our ace we stole from Bal plus last yr minor league P of the year and we got a solid rotation plus A3 SP in aaa. And I didn’t even mention our top prospects like Edwards

  34. sourbob 11 months ago

    The curse isn’t over until these terrible, predictable jokes end.

  35. Andrew Rosner 11 months ago

    Getting a 5th starter will not end 100 years of losing….Felix doesn’t have the mental fortitude to be anything more than a 5th starter

  36. Jonas Salk 11 months ago

    The curse will end when the Cubs stop playing baseball all together.

  37. GetToTheChoppa 11 months ago

    100 years of losing? It’s 2014. They had 3 years of winning seasons from 2007-2009. How’d you get 100 years of losing?

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