The latest on former big leaguers signing abroad…
- The Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League have signed left-hander Felix Doubront, the team announced. Best known for his solid performance as a starter for the 2013 world champion Red Sox, Doubront posted a 4.89 ERA over 513 2/3 innings for the Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs, and Red Sox from 2010-15, with 98 of his 118 MLB games coming in a Boston uniform. Doubront missed all of 2016 recovering from Tommy John surgery, and has since pitched for Oakland’s Triple-A team, the KBO League’s Lotte Giants, and two Mexican League clubs.
I hope the doub-er is avoiding taxi cabs now since that mysterious injury in one that started his downfall.
Felix is accumulating quite the collection of international stickers on his suitcase.
If Felix Doubront signs with a NPB team in the future, he would be the 23rd player in baseball history to also have played in the MLB, KBO, CPBL, and NPB. The two most recent players to do this were Ariel Miranda (MLB: Orioles and Mariners, NPB: Softbank Hawks, CPBL: Chinatrust Brothers, KBO: Doosan Bears) and Jake Brigham (MLB: Braves, NPB: Rakuten Eagles KBO: Nexen/Kiwoom Heroes, CPBL: Wei Chuan Dragons).
That’s a fantastic distinction…thanks for sharing Papi!
Wow, I didn’t know there would be that many.
Doubront had a decent ’12-’13 with the Sox and completely fell off the map after. Good for him to still be ptching.
Everyone talks about how bad the Red Sox rotation is currently, but they won a championship in ’13 with guys like Doubront, Ryan Dempster, Allen Webster, Alfredo Aceves, and even Brandon Workman starting 72 games that year. The current is possibly better than that group so you never know if the Sox can have a quick turnaround
They still had Jon Lester, their number two was John Lackey and still relevant Jake Peavy.
Peavy was picked up at the deadline to replace an injured Clay Buchholz. And yes they had decent 1-2 but were thin after that. Same as now, they have a decent 1-2 with ERod and Eovaldi but are thin following them
Buchholz started that season 9-0 with an ERA of 1.56, and finished that season 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in16 starts. That 2013 team really broke out to a fast start and never looked back.
True. Its unfortunate he wasn’t able to finish the season, probably would have won 20 games
If Buchholz had kept it up he would have won the Cy Young.
The Unilions also re-signed Tim Melville. Nice luxury to have two former major leaguers leading their rotation. They re-made their whole foreign contingent at the all star break last year and it turned their season around to win them the championship (with Melville, Brock Dykxhoorn and Teddy Stankiewicz).
Wow,didn’t know Felix was even still pitching. Good luck to him
Sox traded Doubie to the Cubs in 2014 for Marco Hernandez, who was pretty much the Felix Doubront of position players – useful guy to have at the end of the roster who periodically showed flashes of brilliance that left you wanting more.