Who said the Cubs aren't buyers?
The Cubs are finalizing a deal to acquire left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox Wednesday afternoon:
Source confirms Cubs are closing in on a deal for LHP Felix Doubront, taking another flyer on a Red Sox change-of-scenery guy (Bard/Bowden).— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) July 30, 2014
Doubront turns 27 this fall and already has 69 big-league starts under his belt. He is 2-4 this season with a 6.07 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 17 games (10 starts).
The southpaw could turn into a reclamation project with the Cubs and their "pitching infrastructure" (led by pitching coach Chris Bosio). Theo Epstein was the GM in Boston when Doubront signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent out of Venezuela.
Doubront was 22-16 with a 4.59 ERA in 56 starts in the Red Sox rotation from 2012-13 and carried a 3.63 ERA in his minor-league career.
Reportedly, the price for Doubront will be a player to be named later, which means the player headed to Boston doesn't figure to be anybody of significance from the Cubs system.
This could be a nice buy-low move for the Cubs with minimal risk involved.