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Giants release Doubront after lackluster season

Sept 14,2018
Former MLB pitcher Felix Doubront has been released by his Korean club, putting an end to a roller-coaster season.

The Lotte Giants placed the 30-year-old left-hander on waivers Wednesday evening. In his first KBO season, the Venezuelan native went just 6-9 with a 4.92 ERA in 25 starts.

When he came to the Giants, Doubront brought a career record of 31-26 with a 4.89 ERA. He won 11 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and 2013, and the team went on to take the World Series in 2013. He had a promising start to his KBO stint, limiting opponents to one run over nine innings in spring training with eight strikeouts and two walks.

But the regular season was a much different story. He went 0-4 with an 8.37 ERA in his first five starts and had more walks (20) than strikeouts (18) in his first 23 2/3 innings.

Doubront came to fill the void of American right-hander Josh Lindblom after he left the Giants for the Doosan Bears. In a development certain to drive already frustrated Giants fans mad, Lindblom leads the KBO with a 2.93 ERA and 1.06 walks. He is also second in wins (14), third in strikeouts (152) and fourth in innings pitched (162 2/3).

Doubront showed some signs of life in May and June, going 5-0 in nine starts across those two months with a 2.45 ERA in 58 2/3 innings. But the left-hander went 1-5 over his last 10 starts and was touched for 10 earned runs in six innings in his two September outings that sealed his fate.