The Boston Red Sox have traded another pitcher — just not the one every baseball fan is waiting to hear about.
The Red Sox sent Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for a player to be named later, ending Doubront's unhappy stint in the Boston bullpen. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi first reported a deal was close. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported it was done.
Source: Red Sox have traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs. @jonmorosi had it close.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2014
As @alexspeier said, Doubront goes to the Cubs for a PTBNL that will BN after the Rule 5 draft.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2014
Doubront — 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA — was increasingly unhappy about his role in Boston to the point of speaking out publicly last weekend, telling MassLive.com:
"The thing is, if the (Red Sox) say I have to prove myself, I already did man," he said. "It’s (messed) up. So if these guys say I have to pitch to prove whatever, no, they already know what I have. I showed them what I have, as a reliever and as a starter.
"For me, they don’t see the numbers, they don’t care what I’ve done in the past. It’s hard to be happy like that with these guys.
"First of all, I’m not a reliever," he said. "They know that. They just, you know, it’s hard but I don’t know what they’re doing. I know they’re not doing the right thing for me. That’s what I know right now at this moment. I’m an employee just following the order but they know I’m not happy. I don’t know what they’re going to do in the future but I’m don’t want to be a reliever the whole year, that’s what I know."
The trade makes sense on both sides. First, it rids the Red Sox of their Doubront problem. He had a few good starts last season, but has been largely ineffective in 2014. Doubront made 10 starts for Boston, but has been a reliever since mid-June. He gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning Monday, his last appearance for the Red Sox.
The Cubs get a pitcher who is still relatively young, 26, and under team control for the next few seasons. Doubront will be arbitration eligible in 2015 and won't be a free agent until 2018. He doesn't figure to be ace, but Doubront can help the rebuilding Cubs and perhaps turn into an effective middle-of-the-rotation starter.
In Chicago, he'll be reunited with team president Theo Epstein, who was the Red Sox's GM in 2005 when Doubront signed there as an international free agent.
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