In Ken Rosenthal's latest column, he reported that Boston may be prepared to trade left-handed prospect Felix Doubront now that pitching coach John Farrell is the skipper in Toronto.
Farrell was an unabashed supporter of Doubront (pictured) and was a major influence in his progression and eventual major-league debut. In between big-league stints in 2010, he refined his curveball and hinted at a future in the rotation or as an impact pitcher out of the bullpen.
"It's guaranteed he's traded by next July 31, and probably this offseason," a rival GM told Rosenthal of the lefty, who split 2010 between Boston, Triple-A and Double-A. In 12 games including three starts in the majors, Doubront posted a 4.32 ERA in 25 innings, walking 10 and punching out 23.
GM Theo Epstein came out to refute the report, saying that, "We value Felix tremendously. He has a definite future. We see him as a starter long-term, and he could impact our bullpen or rotation in 2011."
The Red Sox are expected to remake their bullpen, and Doubront could be a big part of it along with two players new to the system. Boston acquired former first-round pick Andrew Miller from the Marlins days ago and have now added a new pitcher.
On Monday, the Red Sox struck to claim reliever Taylor Buchholz off waivers from the Jays. Buchholz (no relation to starting pitcher Clay) had a stellar 2.17 ERA in 66 1/3 innings for the Rockies in 2008 before missing all of 2009 due to injury and only amassing 12 innings at the big-league level in 2010, split between the Rockies and Jays. Buchholz still has potential, so the waiver claim is unsurprising.
-- Evan Brunell
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