Re: Breaking: The PJ Denies Parhunter55's First True Report
posted at 2/17/2013 8:20 PM EST
In response to BosoxJoe5's comment:
Felix Doubront - BOS Felix Doubront spent the winter focusing on cardio work to increase his stamina and leg strength, and strives to pitch 200 innings during the 2013 season.
Doubront is coming off a career-high 161 innings from a season ago, and is already experiencing some weakness in his throwing shoulder early in spring camp. As long as he's healthy, Doubront possesses strong strikeout ability and could be a solid sleeper in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: Providence Journal Feb.
The world awaits how Parhunter is going to respond.
Since you and the world are waiting, I will respond. I had laready read the blurb you cited and it seemed somewhat self-contradictory. Hard to imagine he focused on cardio and showed up out of shape. Usually folks who work on cardio lose weight and waist size, not gain them. Perhaps the most important line is: "As long as he's healthy..." Even the PJ writer is expressing doubts that he will, in fact, stay healthy.
And that is the real point of my original post. As the blurb you cited points out, Doubront pitched 161 ML innings in 2012. He pitched 10 the previous season. Counting the 77 he pitched at Pawtucket, Doubront pitched 87 innings in 2011 and 161 in 2012. This make him a big injury risk in 2013, according to some experts, lack of conditioning aside.
On top of that, to add context to my original proposition (to trade Doubront now, and sign Lohse), Doubront has never had an era under 4.30 in the majors. Right now he is a competent #5 at best with potential to improve (less potential than De LaRosa, Webster, Barnes, and Wright, let alone Morales and Aceves). At worst he is an injury risk with questionable commitment to conditioning.
Nothing in the blurb you cited changes that, or my opinion that the Sox would be a better team if they had Lohse in the rotation, and could trade Doubront for a decent prospect (to make up for the loss of the 2nd round pick).
What I find most curious is that my idea for improving the team created little buzz and discussion. Instead, I got heat for how I titled the piece (from a humorless Selenium) and grief about whether Doubront really did show up out of shape, when all I ever said was that it was reported he showed up to camp out of shape. A fact that has been reiterated by numerous other reports, and acknowledged by no less than the GM himself!!