On Monday, Felix Doubront had his worst in a string of poor outings, tossing 0.2 innings and surrendering six earned runs against the Toronto Blue Jays.
So far this season, Doubront has looked more like the wild lefty he came into the league as, and appearing less like the deliberate pitcher he became over the last two seasons. So far this year, he has a ghastly-ERA of 6.07 and his body language on the mound is downright Derek Lowe-esque.
Rumors are spreading that Boston is going to be moving at least one of the Jon Lester-John Lackey combination, with the possibilty that both starters are moved. That would create two additional spots in the starting rotation that Doubront would love to get his hands on. However, Anthony Ranaudo has been exceptional in the minors this year and deserves a shot, while Brandon Workman will always be in the conversation pertaining to the rotation.
Boston also just acquired Edwin Escobar from the San Francisco Giants in the Jake Peavy deal, and while he may, not be ready to pitch in the Majors today, he could get some looks in September when rosters expand.
What does this mean for Felix Doubront?
He’s already made aware his displeasure of not starting by asking to be dealt if not in the rotation. However, it appears he will get his shot to close out the year as a starter if some of the aforementioned deals are made. But if Felix is mediocre, is it worth Boston to commit to him as part of their rotation next season?
We know the club will go after Lester in the offseason if he is dealt, and Rubby De La Rosa and Clay Buchholz would have spots locked up in the starting five for next season. And while Ranaudo is a leading candidate for a spot next year as well, it is a crowded lot to get into the Red Sox rotation, and that doesn’t include any offseason signings.
It looks like we are seeing the last days of Doubront in a Red Sox uniform, barring a tremendous final six weeks of the year from the lefty. A change of scenery could be best for both him and the club, which is a shame because the hard-throwing southpaw was a favorite of mine, but he looks as if his time is up on Yawkey Way.