The news that Felix Doubront was claimed on waivers has been circulating for the past two days. If this is the case there are two questions that remain; 1) When was Doubront first put on waivers and was it more than once? and 2) Who’s got the story straight?
Exhibit A: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported that Felix Doubront was claimed off waivers Tuesday by an unidentified club.
Exhibit B: Earlier this month the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported that Doubront had been placed on waivers. Cafardo was quick to point out that Doubront wasn’t going anywhere but in the wake of three high profile Red Sox players moving to the Los Angeles zip code, anything seems possible. Further, as Bosox Injection’s Earl Nash pointed out, Ben Cherington is tired of driving daddy’s car and Doubront may be yet another expendable part on last year’s model.
Which story is right and who claimed Doubront? As of this writing no one knows. How this plays out will ultimately mean some high stakes ramifications for the Red Sox.
Although he has faded a bit in the second half, Doubront has been one of Boston’s better pitchers in an otherwise dismal season. He’s young, he’s strong and he has that just right unflappable demeanor that befits a starting pitcher destined for a long career. In short, Felix Doubront has a lot of upside.
In the murky world of waivers it was reported that Doubront was put on waivers as early as August 16. In the age of instant access and reporting certainty this story is a curiosity. As broken down at www.rotoworld. com, Doubront was either placed on waivers again later this month, in which case the waiver is no longer revocable by the Red Sox or either Rosenthal or Cafardo’s report is inaccurate.
Doubront, a lefty who strikes out nearly a batter an inning, has been linked to a deal for Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer, who was recently placed on waivers by the Twinkies.
There’s too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can’t you see
This is a land of confusion.
- Land of Confusion, Genesis