According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and LHP Felix Doubront avoided arbitration Thursday and agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $1.925 million.
Doubront is the first of the seven salary arbitration eligible players on the Cubs roster to agree to terms on a contract for the 2015 season.
Friday is the deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures for the 2015 season. The Cubs have six players left to sign to avoid the arbitration process: Jake Arrieta, Welington Castillo, Chris Coghlan, Pedro Strop, Luis Valbuena and Travis Wood.
Felix Doubront received more through the arbitration process that the $1.1-1.5 million that was estimated in his first year of eligibility.
The Cubs acquired Doubront from the Red Sox last July for a PTBNL. The Cubs sent minor league SS Marco Hernandez to Boston to complete the trade last month.
After a rehab stint in the Cubs’ system, Doubront pitched better with the Cubs last season than with the Red Sox. Doubront was 2-1 in four starts with a 3.98 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 4.66 FIP. Doubront gave up 22 hits with seven walks and eight strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings.
Felix Doubront is expected to compete for a spot in the backend of the rotation in Spring Training. Doubront is out of minor league options and if he’s not able to break in to the rotation, he could begin the season as one of the lefty relievers and long-man in Joe Maddon’s bullpen.
Lefties have hit .270/.337/.412 at the big league level against Doubront. And as a reliever, Doubront has struggled in the majors. Felix Doubront has allowed 52 hits with 18 walks and 33 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.