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 ESPN.com reports on Twitter. That player will be determined after the Rule 5 draft, tweets Alex Speier of WEEI.com.

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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.


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93 Comments on "Cubs Acquire Felix Doubront"


AZDbacksfan1
11 months 28 days ago

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

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 28 days ago

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

Fangaffes
11 months 28 days ago

It began with Peavey.

Andrew Rosner
11 months 28 days ago

Would not be shocked to see Lester, Lackey, Gomes and Carp all gone

Chioakcisco
11 months 28 days ago

…for a case of Goose Island IPA.

11 months 28 days ago

Cubs kind of gave up a lot on that deal, eh?

Dr. Balloons
11 months 28 days ago

sold.

Cyyoung
11 months 28 days 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.

slasher016
11 months 28 days ago

Likely a PTBNL deal.

sourbob
11 months 28 days 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.

bucsws2014
11 months 28 days ago

Theo would know Doubront well, no?

Fangaffes
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

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

Tim Borem
11 months 27 days ago

Well there are both right across from wrigley so he’s coming to the right place

Tim Borem
11 months 27 days ago

As in McDs and T-Bell

Tim Borem
11 months 27 days ago

As in McDs and T-Bell

Karkat
11 months 28 days ago

A PTBNL? That’s it?

Dr. Balloons
11 months 28 days 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.

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 28 days ago

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

Neil Tatro
11 months 28 days ago

highly doubtful its a player they just drafted dude..

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 28 days ago

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

RooneyTunes
11 months 28 days ago

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

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 28 days 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 28 days 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 28 days 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 28 days ago

You beat me to this comment.

DippityDoo
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

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

DippityDoo
11 months 28 days ago

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

TFF17
11 months 28 days ago

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

11 months 27 days ago

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.

11 months 28 days ago

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

Christopher Rioux
11 months 28 days ago

Nice.

schaddy24
11 months 28 days ago

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

Jonas Salk
11 months 28 days ago

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

JacksTigers
11 months 28 days ago

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

Frank Richard
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

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

Chris
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

Jackson, Wood, Veras, Villanueva

John Danielson
11 months 28 days ago

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

Jonas Salk
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

Jackson, Wood, Veras, Villanueva

BacborisTheOriginal
11 months 28 days 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.

JMG
11 months 28 days ago

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

Israel Piedra
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

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

James F
11 months 28 days ago

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

Jonas Salk
11 months 28 days 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

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 28 days ago

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

DippityDoo
11 months 28 days ago

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

Jonas Salk
11 months 28 days ago

I little recognition is all I ask.

Jonas Salk
11 months 28 days 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.

Debageldond
11 months 28 days ago

On purpose?

Strugz
11 months 28 days ago

I laughed out loud when I read this.

cyberboo
11 months 28 days 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.

Dustroia15
11 months 28 days 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 28 days ago

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

RooneyTunes
11 months 28 days ago

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