Multiple industry sources confirmed that the Red Sox have agreed to send left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later.

Multiple industry sources confirmed that the Red Sox have agreed to send left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later. The player will be sent to the Sox after the December Rule 5 draft. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via twitter) first reported the agreement.

Doubront, 26, is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA, 6.5 strikeouts per nine and 3.9 walks per nine this year. He has expressed his displeasure with his recent move to the bullpen, and after a six-run yield in two-thirds of an inning on Monday, manager John Farrell acknowledged meeting with the left-hander. Though wildly inconsistent in two-plus years in the Red Sox rotation, Doubront showed flashes of considerable potential while punching out 8.5 batters per nine innings with a 4.59 ERA in 2012 and 2013.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier
Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

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Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens won his minor league-leading 14th game on Tuesday. (AP)

Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens won his minor league-leading 14th game on Tuesday. (AP)

A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 3-2 WIN, 4-1 LOSS VS. READING (PHILLIES)

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– Left-hander Henry Owens had an outing where he struggled to command his fastball, resulting in one of his less dominant efforts of the season in Double-A. The 22-year-old tossed just five innings (his second-shortest outing since May) while allowing two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three, a grind-it-out win that improved Owens to 14-4, arming him with the most wins in the minors and permitting him to set a record for most wins in a season by a Sea Dogs pitcher.

Owens has now spent a full year in Portland, having moved up at the beginning of last August. He has nothing left to prove there: In 26 starts, he’s 17-5 with a 2.44 ERA, 10.2 strikeouts per nine and 3.7 walks per nine. Yet one source indicated that the Sox’ trade for Edwin Escobar — who is slotting into the PawSox rotation — may have slowed down the most immediate plans to move Owens up the ladder to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 22-year-old feels ready to compete in Pawtucket. He also recognizes that the question of when he moves up represents one for which he does not have an answer.

“If I had a crystal ball, I’€™d be a stock broker,” Owens told the Portland Press-Herald.

Blake Swihart went 2-for-5 with a double and a walk. In 88 games, he’s now hitting .307/.360/.500. He has a 10-game hitting streak in which he’s raking at a .421/.463/.658 clip.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 5-1 LOSS VS. CAROLINA (INDIANS)

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– Outfielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-3, boosting his average for the year to .255/.304/.430. The 22-year-old has recovered from a dreadful month of May (.151/.208/.237) to impact the ball with intriguing consistent regularity — despite a swing early, swing often approach — since the beginning of June. From June 1 through Tuesday, he’s hitting .302 (10th in the Carolina League in that time) with a .345 OBP and .486 slugging mark. He does, however, have just seven walks and 50 strikeouts during those 48 games.

– Right-hander Joe Gunkel allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings, but his outing was seemingly quite strong given that all 10 of the hits were singles and he got a considerable amount of bad contact (three groundball singles, one infield pop-up that went for a single, seven groundball outs) while not issuing any free passes and punching out four. The 22-year-old, in his first full pro year, has gone at least six innings in each of his last three starts, with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 18 2/3 innings. He has issued two or fewer walks in each of his eight starts since getting promoted to Salem, with a 3.83 ERA, 2.0 walks per nine and 6.3 strikeouts per nine.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 8-4 LOSS AT HAGERSTOWN (NATIONALS)

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– Right-hander Ty Buttrey made his first start in Greenville since mid-May after going on the DL for a hand injury that included a rehab assignment in Lowell. The 21-year-old permitted four runs (three earned) in four innings while walking two and striking out one. In five starts this year in Greenville, Buttrey — a 2012 fourth-rounder who received a bonus more in line of a first-round pick — has allowed 20 runs (18 earned) in 15 1/3 innings.

– Right-hander Myles Smith, as a piggyback starter behind Buttrey, had one of his best outings. Though he allowed four runs in four innings, just one was earned, and of the 12 outs he recorded, six were by strikeout and five by groundout. Meanwhile, Smith — who has battled his control all year — added more evidence that he is starting to figure out how to harness his stuff. In his last three starts, he’s walked five in 14 1/3 innings (including one in four innings on Tuesday), a walk rate that is roughly half of the 6.4 walks per nine innings he’d permitted prior to the current run.

– Outfielder Franklin Guzman went 4-for-4 with his first homer since his promotion to Greenville. The 22-year-old is hitting .294/.351/.451 in 14 games with the Drive.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 4-1 LOSS VS. BROOKLYN (METS)

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– Scorching Sam Travis went 3-for-4 with a double one day after going 4-for-5. In 38 games, the 2014 second-rounder is now hitting .321/.354/.442.

– Right-hander Kevin McAvoy, a fourth-rounder, tossed 2 2/3 innings in which all eight of his outs were recorded either by strikeout (4) or on the ground (4). He did allow two runs (one earned) on two hits, but for the fifth straight outing to open his pro career, he didn’t walk a batter. McAvoy has 11 punchouts without a walk in 10 1/3 innings.

ROOKIE LEVEL GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX: 2-1 LOSS, 2-1 LOSS (9 INNINGS) VS. GCL ORIOLES

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– First-rounder Michael Chavis was a combined 2-for-5 with a walk in the two games. He’s now 5-for-16 after struggling through a 2-for-36 stretch to start his pro debut.

– Right-hander Keith Couch, starting a rehab from elbow soreness, tossed 2 1/3 shutout innings in which he allowed a single, walked none and punched out three. Couch was 7-1 with a 3.16 ERA in Portland before his early-July injury.

Bryce Brentz went 0-for-2 with a walk while playing all seven innings of the first game in left field. He struck out twice. The 25-year-old is now 1-for-18 with three walks and five strikeouts in seven rehab games.

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 7-3 WIN VS. DSL GIANTS

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– Outfielder Yoan Aybar, who’d been 1-for-15 since getting hit by a pitch last week, went 2-for-4 with a triple. The 17-year-old saw his numbers dip during the post-HBP skid, but is still performing at a strong level (.281/.333/.438) relative to league standards.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier
Buster Olney

Buster Olney

ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss Jon Lester‘€™s potential departure and other trade rumors. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Lester’€™s tenure as a member of the Red Sox appears to be entering its final stages, as the southpaw was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Olney agreed that it seems like a forgone conclusion that Lester’€™s days in Boston are numbered.

“In talking with other teams that are talking with the Red Sox, they say they think it’€™s basically a certainty that Lester’€™s going to move and their perception is the Red Sox understand they they’re not going to be able to re-sign him, so you put him out in the marketplace, you get return for him,” Olney said. “€œClearly, the National League Central is right at the forefront of what the Red Sox are dealing and that vortex works well for them.

“If you’€™re the St. Louis Cardinals and you’€™re talking with the Red Sox and you’€™re trying to get Jon Lester but you’€™re also trying to keep him away from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The same thing with the Pirates, they’€™re talking about Lester, they’€™re trying to push the price up for the Cardinals, and I do think that the Cardinals are probably the frontrunner right now.”

The Cardinals stand as a strong trade partner for the Red Sox, as St. Louis boasts one of the strongest farm systems in baseball, including stud outfielder prospect Oscar Taveras.

“€œI can tell you this, that [Taveras] is widely viewed with scouts who go in there and watch him play as being a sort of non-Cardinal-type player because of a body language,” Olney said, adding: “Oscar Taveras is someone who can be in, in the eyes of scouts, pouty. He can wear his at-bats in the field if he’€™s going through a tough time.

“€œHe also has unbelievable power, so the question is, do the Cardinals look at the situation like a Lester, like a David Price and say: ‘€˜Look, down the road, maybe this guy isn’t a great fit for us, so we’€™ll take advantage of it.’€™ My guess is because he’€™s such an elite power hitter that that’€™s going to be a guy that the Cardinals would want to hang on to him in terms of his value. … They have such a great range of prospects, so do the Pirates, that the Red Sox would be able to look at a long menu of guys.”€

The Pirates, one game behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central standings and just a half- game ahead of St. Louis in the NL wild card race, also are in a prime position to make a run at Lester. Pittsburgh has a multitude of top-tier prospects, including outfielder Josh Bell.

“€œNeal Huntington, their general manager, is viewed by his peers with other teams as being very careful, very protective of his prospects,and talking with people today, they wonder if part of what’€™s going on here is the Pirates are at least trying to push the Cardinals,”€ Olney said. “€œI do think that there’€™s a potential matchup with the Pirates because it’€™s less value in John Lackey. It might be that if the Pirates don’€™t get Jon Lester, they can make a run at John Lackey and boy, does he fit what they could use because of that contract next year.”

While Olney said that it’€™s becoming more and more likely that the Red Sox will part ways with a number of their players in the coming days, he added that Boston’€™s ownership must have a contingency plan in place in order to appease what will be an irate fan base.

“I wrote this in the column today,” Olney said. “For Red Sox ownership, ‘€˜Boy, you better have a Plan B,’€™ because I’€™m really going to be fascinated to see the reaction to this after Lester gets traded and if Lackey gets traded. What’€™s the response going into 2015 from the fan base, and really, more importantly, from the other players. … They better have a Plan B.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On the potential scenario of the Red Sox also trading Lackey: “€œIf you know that you’€™re going to move Jon Lester and you’€™re probably not going to be able to re-sign him the wintertime, you might as well take advantage of the value of John Lackey and let someone else deal with his quandary of this $500,000 option for next year.”

On the trade value of reliever Andrew Miller: “I think they actually have a chance to get something decent back in return. … Andrew Miller, I think because of his history, because of how well he throws the ball when he’€™s at his best, is going to be someone who’€™s going to be looked at, for example, by the Dodgers and by any number of teams. … He’€™s definitely someone where you could get a good piece. I don’€™t know if you necessarily would have to tie him to Jonny Gomes [in a trade], I think probably the best way to get value out of Miller would be to just deal him by himself.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

The rumors regarding a trade of Jon Lester have been rampant, but there hasn’t been nearly as much reported about fellow Red Sox pitcher John Lackey.

However, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday afternoon that both hurlers could be headed elsewhere prior to Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline.

Wrote Rosenthal: Source: “Very good chance” that #RedSox trade Lackey along with Lester.

Rosenthal followed up with another tweet clarifying that he did not mean the pitchers were being packaged in the same deal.

Rosenthal mentioned the Indians and Marlins as being among teams that would be interested in a pitcher like Lackey who is under team control for one more season (and for only $500,000).

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester remains in limbo, but reports midday Wednesday indicate there could be a battle between National League Central teams for his services.

The Cardinals’ interest apparently has stirred the Brewers and Pirates, not only so they can get better but so they can keep him away from a rival. All three teams are within 1 1/2 games of each other atop the division.

The Dodgers reportedly still are interested, along with the Mariners.

Meanwhile, the other standout lefty from the American League East on the market appears less likely to be moved. While the Dodgers and Cardinals are said to remain interested in Rays ace David Price, the Rays’ recent hot streak (they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games) might help keep him in Tampa.

While Lester was scratched from Wednesday’s start, Price tweeted Wednesday morning that he’s planning to suit up, joking: This is my last start for the Rays….IN JULY!!! been up and been ready!!!

– According to multiple reports, the Phillies are making pitcher Cole Hamels available, but at a steep price.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Philadelphia has asked for multiple top prospects from the Red Sox, Dodgers and Yankees.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies are only willing to pay $10 million of the remaining $90 million-plus on Hamels’ contract.

– The Cubs, who sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics earlier this month, plan to be involved in more trade discussions involving some of their players.

“I think we’ll be active,” general manager Jed Hoyer told Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzalez. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we made no moves, but I guess I’d say I’d expect to be active. [Wednesday] is moving day. I’d expect things would be a lot more serious as we move into [Wednesday].”

Gonzalez reports that representatives from the Mets, Giants, Mariners and Dodgers watched Edwin Jackson start Tuesday night’s game. Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright after other names to watch.

– The Rangers reportedly are willing to pay some of the remaining salary due to outfielder Alex Rios, although the interest appears to be fading. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that there has been interest from the Indians, Reds, Royals and Giants.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The trade deadline is just one day away. And after another loss Tuesday night, it appears likely the last-place Red Sox will not only be active sellers from now until 4 p.m. Thursday, but some big names could be on the move.

The fire sale began this past weekend when the Sox sent Jake Peavy to the Giants for a pair of pitching prospects. Since then, multiple players within the organization have been involved in trade rumors, including Jon Lester, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara and a few others.

This certainly isn’t the first time the Red Sox have been active participants in the deadline madness since the turn of the century, for better or worse. The Sox have shown they’re not afraid to make a splash in July to bolster their roster for a playoff push. However, even some of their least notable deals at the time have proven to be the different between a World Series championship and an early exit.

Here are the Red Sox’ top 10 most significant trade deadline moves since 2000.

10. July 30, 2002: Red Sox receive outfielder Cliff Floyd, send right-handers Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim to the Expos

The Red Sox were in the midst of a pennant race by July 2002 and bolstered their lineup by trading for Floyd. The slugger was a key bat for the Sox, hitting .316/.374/.561 in 47 games and 171 at-bats. But it wasn’t enough to propel the 93-win Red Sox into the postseason, and Floyd left as a free agent after the season.

9. July 31, 2011: Red Sox receive right-handers Erik Bedard and Josh Fields, send catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handers Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife to the Dodgers

Bedard, who was acquired from the Mariners in a three-team deal, was supposed to be a nice arm to join the rotation and help the Sox in what looked like an inevitable postseason run. But like the Red Sox of September 2011, Bedard failed to replicate past success. The righty pitched a combined 38 innings over eight starts and finished with a 4.03 ERA before leaving after the season.

8. July 31, 2010: Red Sox receive catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, send first baseman Chris McGuiness, right-hander Roman Mendez and catcher Michael Thomas to the Rangers

With Jason Varitek‘s career nearing an end and Victor Martinez‘s contract expiring, the Sox acquired Saltalamacchia to be their catcher for the upcoming future. The deal proved valuable for the Red Sox as Saltamacchia gave them three strong seasons with over 100 games played and was key in their 2013 World Series run. He hit .273/.338/.466 in 121 games for the Sox last season before signing with the Marlins in the offseason.

7. July 31, 2007: Red Sox receive right-hander Eric Gagne, send left-hander Kason Gabbard and outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre to the Rangers

The Red Sox strengthened their bullpen at the deadline by adding Gagne, a longtime closer who waived his no-trade clause and agreed to be the setup man for Jonathan Papelbon. Gagne started the year in Texas looking like his old self following two elbow operations and back surgery, but he imploded upon joining the Red Sox. He allowed 14 runs in 18 2/3 innings and blew all three of his save opportunities, proving to be more of a liability out of the bullpen.

The trade, however, proved to be of little consequence because the Red Sox won the World Series that year despite Gagne’s 6.23 ERA in the postseason, and only one player, Murphy, proved to be of any value. Murphy was a key part of the Rangers’ two World Series appearances in his six-plus years with the club. He’s hitting .272/.335/.432 in his big league career and is in his first season with the Indians.

6. July 30, 2013: Red Sox acquire right-handers Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal, send shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Tigers and right-handers J.B. Wendelken and Francelis Montas to the White Sox

The Red Sox needed one more reliable starter before they were prepared to make a run at the 2013 World Series, and Peavy was the guy. The Sox acquired Peavy in a three-team deal with the White Sox and Tigers, with their most significant loss being Iglesias, who made a living with his glove but struggled as a hitter.

Peavy proved to be a key part of the rotation for the 2013 stretch run — he posted a 4.04 ERA in 10 regular-season games with the Sox — and started the ALDS clincher against the Rays. Peavy (1-10, 4.71 ERA) saw his career in Boston come to an abrupt end this past weekend when he was dealt to the Giants.

5. July 31, 2003: Red Sox receive right-handers Jeff Suppan, Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez, send second baseman Freddy Sanchez and left-hander Mike Gonzalez to the Pirates

Of the trades on this list, this maight go down as the worst for the Red Sox. The Sox were about to embark on an exciting postseason run, but they needed some extra arms to bolster their pitching depth. They did so by shipping off a pair of promising young talents in Sanchez and Gonzalez in exchange for three pitchers who lasted no more than a few months with the Red Sox.

Suppan had a 5.57 ERA in 11 games for the Sox in 2003, Lyon’s Red Sox career lasted 59 innings as he blew three of 12 save opportunities, and Martinez pitched just 10 2/3 innings for the Sox in 2004. Meanwhile, Sanchez gave the Pirates five good years and helped the Giants to a championship in 2010. He hit .297/.335/.413 for his major career. Gonzalez had four strong seasons out of the pen before battling inconsistencies to hold a 3.14 career ERA.

4. July 31, 2009: Red Sox receive catcher Victor Martinez, send right-hander Justin Masterson, left-hander Nick Hagadone and catcher Bryan Price to the Indians

Not every trade on this list was a clear-cut win or loss for the Red Sox, and their activity at the 2009 deadline was a prime example of that. Varitek and David Ortiz seemingly were on the decline in 2009 and the end of their careers appeared to be in sight. The Sox countered those concerns by acquiring Martinez in exchange for three prospects.

Martinez was solid in his 183 regular-season games with the Red Sox. He was a consistent .300 hitter and was valuable at both catcher and first base. But the Sox also gave up some value in the deal, particularly by trading Masterson. The righty has developed into an ace for the Indians since 2011 despite some recent struggles. Masterson made his biggest impact in 2013, pitching 193 innings over 29 starts and posting a 3.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP to lead the Indians to a wild card berth.

3. July 31, 2004: Red Sox receive outfielder Dave Roberts, send outfielder Henri Stanley to the Dodgers

At the time, this deal was simply a footnote in many baseball reporters’ notebooks, especially after the splash the Red Sox made that same day by trading iconic shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. But one legendary moment was all it took for Roberts to forever have a place in Red Sox fans’ hearts.

Roberts had just 86 at-bats in 45 regular-season games for the Red Sox, but his stolen base in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS is considered by many to be the turning point in the Red Sox’ comeback against the Yankees after trailing 3-0 in the series. Roberts left after the 2004 season.

2. July 31, 2008: Red Sox receive outfielder Jason Bay from Pirates, send outfielder Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and right-hander Craig Hansen and outfielder Brandon Moss to the Pirates

Ramirez will also be remembered for his contributions to the 2004 and 2007 championship teams, along with many other big moments throughout his years with the Red Sox. But by 2008, his antics were getting tiresome. Ramirez got into an altercation with teammate Kevin Youkilis in the dugout during a game, and he infamously shoved traveling secretary Jack McCormick over a ticket dispute. That doesn’t even include the countless hamstring injuries he manufactured for a day off.

The Sox finally decided they had enough. Theo Epstein executed a three-team deal that sent Ramirez to the Dodgers and Hansen and Moss to the Pirates for Bay. Bay proved to be a worthy replacement for Ramirez, hitting .293/.370/.527 in 49 regular-season games and leading the Red Sox to Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS. Bay left via free agency after the 2009 season.

1. July 31, 2004: Red Sox receive shortstop Orlando Cabrera from Expos, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from Twins, send shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and outfielder Matt Murton to Cubs

Not only was this the most significant trade deadline deal the Red Sox have made since the turn of the century, but one could argue it was the organization’s most notable transaction since Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. There lies the significance of the deal. While selling Ruth effectively began the Sox’ 86-year World Series drought, many point to the Garciaparra trade as the deal that effectively ended it.

There was a time when Garciaparra was an icon in Boston. He won a pair of batting titles and led the Sox to multiple postseason appearances. But with Garciaparra battling an Achilles injury, his contract expiring and the Red Sox middling, Epstein boldly shipped the All-Star to the Cubs in a four-team deal that brought the Sox a pair of defensive aces in Cabrera and Mientkiewicz.

The trade sparked the Red Sox through August and September and all the way through October to help them win their first title since 1918. Cabrera and Mientkiewicz both left the team after the season, but their place in Red Sox history is permanent.

Garciaparra left the Cubs after the 2005 season. He played three seasons with the Dodgers and one with the Athletics before retiring in 2009. Garciaparra still was productive when he played, but he spent much of his final years battling injuries.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas