BOSTON (CBS) — Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront, unhappy with his role on the team, requested a trade last week. On Wednesday, his wish appears to have been granted.
Doubront, 26, has been moved out of the starting rotation and relegated to bullpen duty this season. He is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in just 59 1/3 innings this year. Last year, Doubront made 27 starts and went 11-6 with a 4.32 ERA before allowing just one run, three hits and three walks in seven innings of relief in the postseason.
The lefty said earlier week that he sees himself as a starter and wants to have that opportunity again.
“I just want to be a starter and stay there. If I stay, they have to know I have to be a starter. If I go, the other team is going to give me this chance to be a starter,” Doubront said, per MassLive.com. “The thing is, if the [Red Sox] say I have to prove myself, I already did, man. 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.”
In his career, Doubront is 26-22 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.476 WHIP. In Doubront’s most recent outing on Monday night, he was shelled for six runs on six hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning.
The Cubs are currently in last place in the NL Central, 13.5 games out of first place.
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