July 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM
Red Sox left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront (pictured) has been reportedly traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later (PTBNL). This was first reported by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. WEEI's Alex Speier added that the PTBNL would be determined after the Rule 5 draft, but the return is unlikely to be significant. The Red Sox have yet to confirm these reports.
Doubront made his Red Sox debut on June 18, 2010 and saw some additional time in the minors in 2011 before becoming a fixture of the major league squad in 2012. Overall he struggled in the starting rotation for the Red Sox in 2014 and to date carries a 6.07 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 43 strikeouts to 26 walks over 59 1/3 innings. He was moved to the bullpen after his June 20th start, and has publicly stated he is unhappy with that situation and wanted to be traded.
Doubront's exit likely allows for the recall of right-hander Brandon Workman and also the activation of left-hander Chris Hernandez off of the temporary inactive list where he will join Triple-A Pawtucket. It is possible that other roster moves may be necessary if the deal is not formalized in time.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: The Red Sox have announced the trade, as well as the recall of Brandon Workman.
Photo Credit: Felix Doubront by Kelly O'Connor
Will Woodward is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter @SPWill.