The Oakland A's announced on Friday the acquisition of LHP Felix Doubront from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash. Doubront was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Wednesday. The A's have not announced a corresponding 25-man roster move.
Doubront joins his fourth organization since the start of the 2014 season. Originally a member of the Boston Red Sox, Doubront was traded to the Chicago Cubs last July 30. He was then released by the Cubs at the end of spring training and signed on with the Blue Jays on April 2nd.
The 27-year-old left-hander has split the season between Triple-A and the big leagues. In nine Triple-A starts, he had a 2.44 ERA and 43 strike-outs in 48 innings. Doubront made four starts and one relief appearance for the Blue Jays. He had a 4.76 ERA and a 13:5 K:BB in 22 innings for Toronto. Doubront's second-to-last start with the Blue Jays came at the Coliseum against the A's. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.
Doubront has been a starter for most of his career, but he does have experience out of the bullpen, as well. It isn't yet clear what role the A's envision for him. The A's current starting rotation features Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez, Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and the newly acquired Aaron Brooks.
Doubront throws a fastball, curveball and change-up. He is a groundball pitcher who has allowed 54 homers in 461 career major-league innings.