The Blue Jays have increased their starting pitching depth this morning by inking left-hander Felix Doubront to a minor league contract, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: #BlueJays sign LHP Felix Doubront to minor-league deal.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 2, 2015
Doubront was formerly of the Boston Red Sox before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs last season. He had a couple of serviceable, but never good, years with the Red Sox and even won a ring with them under the fantastic guidance of Great Manager John Farrell. But he was shipped off to the Cubs after struggling through 2014, battling shoulder and calf injuries. Doubront entered his first arbitration year with the Cubs and settled on a $1,925,000 salary for 2015, but with the Cubs releasing him during spring training, he was actually due much less.
The 27-year-old Venezuelan had a pretty bad spring training, through seven innings, he gave up 17 hits and 9 runs, striking out 4 (but no walks!). I had thought that since he was battling to get onto the Cubs' starting rotation, he would have been well stretched out to be a start the year in triple-A Buffalo. However, according Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, Doubront will be assigned to extended spring training before heading up north to western New York.
Doubront is out of minor league options, which means he will have to clear outright waivers before he will be allowed to be returned to the minors should the Blue Jays ever need to give him a callup.
He can be found on Twitter @theRealDubi22.