How Long Before Allen Webster Joins The Rotation?

Last night was the latest episode in what has been a line of disappointing starts for Felix Doubront. To start the season, the young lefty has a deceptive 3-1 record, but also has a 5.67 ERA and 1.70 WHIP. He was eaten alive by the potent Rangers lineup last night, as he allowed 6 runs and 12 hits in just 3.2 innings last night, picking up his first loss of the season in a 7-0 defeat. Needless to say, it has been far from an ideal start to the season for the 25 year old from Venezuela.

Feb 25, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Allen Webster (64) during the bottom of third inning of a spring training split squad game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the Red Sox will be needing to make a move before long if this continues. Luckily, there’s help on the horizon. Number three prospect Allen Webster has been dominant in Triple-A and looked good in his first major league start a couple of weeks ago, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) with 5 hits allowed and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. However, he has been filthy with Pawtucket as he holds a 2.70 ERA with 12 hits and 6 walks allowed compared to 26 strikeouts in just 20 innings.

Both pitchers have filthy stuff, but Webster has seemed much more command of his arsenal than Doubront. While Doubront often falls behind and throws lots of pitches early, Webster is able to carve his way through lineups. Of course, his mid-90′s fastball and razor sharp slider help considerably and seemed to work even against a good Kansas City lineup.

I feel that Doubront deserves one more start, and the way things stand, he would face the Twins. If Doubront is unable to pitch well against the Twins, a stint with the PawSox may be necessary. And if Doubront is demoted, it’s going to be Webster who is called up. The way the Red Sox are playing, a youth movement would energize this team even more.

Topics: Allen Webster, Boston Red Sox, Felix Doubront

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  • John Fahrer

    They should package Doubront in a deal for Cliff Lee if the Phillies make him available.

    • Harry Burnham

      I was going to write the same thing, John. Although, I’m not in love with Lee unless the phillies eat some money, I’d rather see Doubront and someone go to texas for Derek Holland. but thats me being optimistic

      • John Fahrer

        I think they could work out something where the Phills could kick in some cash. Even if they didn’t, Lee’s affordable. The only big arbitration case that could come up in the next 2-3 seasons is Middlebrooks. There’s also potential for a FA catcher signing (Brian McCann?) and the issues of a Lester re-signing and a Pedroia extension. But there’s enough money coming off the books these coming seasons where Lee shouldn’t be an albatross.

        • Harry Burnham

          That’s the worry though, isn’t it?Theyve got to think about the fact that Lee will be 38 by the time his deal runs out. but hey, if they get one or two good years, the end wwill be bearable.

          After his injuries, i dont think McCann or any other catchers will command serious money, at least not to the point where the Sox balk at the price.

          Middlebrooks will need to seriously put it together to command big dollars in arbitration. but hopefully he can… i suppose its a bit of a double edged sword.

          Pedroia and Lester may be trickier, as pedroia is probably a top 5 2b in MLB. Lester however, if he does work this year, he will get some serious cash. shockingly, his career numbers had been comparable to justin verlander at the times of their extensions.

          • John Fahrer

            Lee will actually be 37 for most of the 2016 season if he pitches well enough in 2014 and 2015 for the option to vest.

            Worst case scenario: Lee’s still an upgrade over Doubront. Guy doesn’t walk many batters.

          • Harry Burnham

            Fair enough, i hadnt realized it was a vesting option. I’m not ready to pull the plug on felix JUST yet though

        • Michael Macaulay-Birks

          hey John, isn’t Lee making 25 million per for the next 3 years with a 27 million option for 2016? Respectfully, do you consider 102 million for a 34,35,36 and maybe a 37 year old soft tossing lefty affordable? Pay him 5 million more per year for the next two years than Verlander? and a modest 3 million less in 2015, and an even more modest 1 million less should the option vest? I submit that with the pitching the Sox have on the near horizon, proven or not (Webster, De la Rosa, Owens, Workman etc.) we’d be a little more conservative with our dollars (Doubront isn’t even arb-eligable till 2015 making just over a half million this year), and Lester is going to be a 100 million investment in two years, and who knows what Clay will end up with…JMO as usual, and of course

  • $6101468

    Are we pushing the panic button on Felix? He is a capable #5 starter at this juncture with the obvious growing pains of going deep into games. So he got bounced by the Rangers. You give him more than one start – you give him several.

  • Harry Burnham

    Nice article, Conor.
    As good as Webster has been in the Minors, I would love to see him stay down there for a little while longer. It’s great for him to get a cup of coffee every now and then but I’m not big on rushing rookies, be it for seasoning or service time considerations. This is a situation where the Sox dont NEED Webster…. so I’d rather see them stick with Felix for the time being.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dana.itmanager Dana Bessey

    Don’t forget in order to send down Doubront he would have to clear waivers as he is out of options, he wouldn’t clear waivers with his low salary someone would gamble on him. A trade would be the most likely option but his value is at an all time low, lets hope he can rebound enough to hold down a Long Relief 6th spot starter role.

    • Michael Macaulay-Birks

      I think a “phantom injury” might land him on the DL if he doesn’t pitch well vs. Min

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