From the Wire: Cubs Acquire LHP Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a PTBNL

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have acquired LHP Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.

The 27-year old southpaw has voiced his displeasure with the way the Red Sox have handled him this season. Felix Doubront is 2-4 in 17 games, 10 starts, with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP this season.

Updated 2:41pm CDT: Reports from Boston have confirmed the Cubs have acquired Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a PTBNL or cash. And the player to be named later will not be sent to the Red Sox until after the Rule 5 Draft in December.

Updated: 4:42pm CDT: The Cubs announced the trade. The Cubs acquired Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a PTBNL or cash.

Felix Doubront was not happy with the Red Sox moving him back and forth between the pen and rotation and is coming off a horrible outing against the Blue Jays. Doubront allowed six runs on six hits with two walks and no strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.

PrintFelix Doubront could benefit from a change of scenery. And not only reuniting with the front office that signed him as an amateur free agent in Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod but being able to work with Chris Bosio.

Once the trade is made official, Felix Doubront would take the last open spot on the Cubs 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 players.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Depending on the return this feels like a pretty good signing. He may not be an ace but has potential and experience. A month with Boz an I would expect him to be better than EJax at least.

    • dwalker

      that may be the plan

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Please let the PTBNL be Jackson!

  • calicub

    Curious move but I like it. Young pitching is never a bad thing.

  • Vivid_Reality

    I could see someone like Gioskar Amaya going to the Red Sox in this deal.

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  • Tony_H

    Doubront is another pitcher who should get no one excited, except Boardrider :), but I like the chance on a LH pitcher who could go back to starting or be a LH in the pen for the next 3+ years. And for the price of a Rule V eligible player that doesn’t get picked, or one that we add to the 40 man so they don’t have to until after the Rule V draft, is not too bad.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I actually like Doubront quite a bit. I think he was an excellent buy low candidate and could find some success pitching in the NL.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I’m waiting to hear back from my nutty Red Sox friend in him. He’s extremely clue’d in on all aspects of tier team and system so I’ll share his thoughts.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          First analysis from my Red Sox fan friend…

          “He’s been garbage all year. Fairly decent out of the pen. Great breaking ball and cutter, 0 control.”

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Control and command has been Bosio’s strength, no? Wasn’t that Ariettas big problem?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Red Sox friend follows up with…

            “Yes he has potential, Good lefty long man, maybe a 4 or 5 guy if he gets his s*+! together.”

          • John_CC

            Lord knows we need a long man in the pen.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Your crazy Tony, Theo got him so I imagine he’ll be in the Cy Young race next year ;).

      Totally kidding here. But hey, he is a guy that at times had success in AL East. Who knows what Bosio can do with him? With our current rotation he can take EJax slot please! And with a whole offseason with Bosio, maybe he could be a solid 4 or 5 next year. Not a bad chance to take until we solidify the rotation more. As long as return isn’t much.

      • Tony_H

        I agree, I like getting AL pitchers and moving them to the NL. He has had some success, but his WHIP’s have been high. Hopefully he can work out.

  • John_CC

    Straight to the bullpen, I reckon.

    Hopefully this means that Russell of Wright will be gone tomorrow…or better, EJax.

    • triple

      You may be right about Russell or Wright, as Doubront can probably slide into one of their spots and benefit from Bosio’s tutelage. While EJax won’t be gone after tomorrow (hope I’m wrong), Doubront can probably even replace him in the starting lineup and fare just as well…. let’s secure that 2015 top pick and let them both start!

      • BillyFinT

        I concur. Can’t lose more. Roll the dice and see what happens. The Cubs have good pitching coaches by reputation. I don’t know what went wrong with the Red Sox, but Farrell as a manager always knew better. So my fingers are crossed for Dou-man be effective soon. It’s all about 2015 after all.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Just put Jackson on the DL for awhile.

    • jtrain23

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Doubront get a few starts. The Cubs may be active with Wright or Russell but are not forced to really. They have both been serviceable this year and, correct me if I am wrong, but I believe they are both under team control for next season.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      They aren’t going to get a big haul for either of them. both are pretty decent and if the Cubs don’t want to be sellers next year they still need a decent bullpen. Rosscup looked bad when he was up. But I think he will be good if he can figure things out. Rusin is another option, Russell was a starter in the minors with subpar stuff and has had a pretty decent career out of the bullpen.
      But there’s no written rule you can’t have 3 Lhp in the pen.

  • Tony_H

    Barney has been optioned to the Dodgers AAA team in Albuquerque.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      That’s kind of a bummer. I really hoped he could catch on somewhere and be a part of a playoff race.

      • Tony_H

        I am sure it is short term.

  • Tony_H

    Rusin is up to be a fresh arm in the bullpen.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Just for reference Doubront’s career K:BB is 2.04, Hammel’s is 2.22. Anyway I was just looking at Hammel’s pitching heatmaps for 2013, 2014, and Doubront’s 2014, one thing is immediately noticeable they have/had similar pitches and command issues. Maybe the FO see’s something in Doubront’s delivery like they did with Hammel. Who knows.

    Doubront 2014: http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxg.aspx?playerid=1478&position=P&season=2014&date=0&dh=0

    Hammel 2013: http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxg.aspx?playerid=4538&position=P&season=2013&date=0&dh=0

    Hammel 2014 : http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxg.aspx?playerid=4538&position=P&season=2014&date=0&dh=0

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Thanks for sharing NBII.

    • Tony_H

      The Cubs may have just added their Hammel, Feldman, Maholm for next year.

      • GaryLeeT

        For flipping?

        • Tony_H

          I guess that will depend on the record next July. They are saying this is the last year they plan to be sellers.

    • GaryLeeT

      Speaking of Hammel. He just got absolutely lit up………again.

      • daverj

        He’s been pretty bad since the trade. The timing was perfect for the Cubs. If they held him until the trade deadline, he may have lost a lot of trade value.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I hope they didn’t give up anyone of value.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Bonifacio isn’t in the lineup tonight according to levine very interesting.

    • John_CC

      He play for 16 hours yesterday, I wouldn’t read anything into it. But who knows?

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        I just read what Bruce Levine said on twitter, he said Bonifacio isn’t in the lineup and then listed all the teams rumored to be interested in him.

  • jtrain23

    Plus, Doubront is only 26 years old and will be under team control for a few years. If he could even return to what he was last season, he would be valuable to this club going forward.

  • GaryLeeT

    This acquisition reminds me of when the Deltas are voting on the new pledges in Animal House, and somebody says “We need the dudes”

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.

      • Tom U

        And remember, he’s Pre-Med.

  • daverj

    Ruggiano is also out of the lineup against a lefty … could be because he played 16 innings yesterday or because he might the subject of trade conversations.

    Maybe Bonifacio and Ruggiano together to San Francisco or Cincinnati? Both teams could use those two players. The Giants in general have not been afraid to deal prospects.

    • John_CC

      They played till a couple hours ago. I won’t be surprised to if Bonifacio is traded, but Ruggiano’s return wouldn’t be worth losing him for next year.

      • daverj

        You are probably right, but if Ruggiano plus Bonifacio get a better prospect combined, it could happen.

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