Blue Jays sign left-hander Felix Doubront


Released by the Cubs earlier this week, left-hander Felix Doubront has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays according to Ken Rosenthal of

Doubront had agreed to a one-year, $1.925 million contract with the Cubs to avoid arbitration in January, but because those deals are only partially guaranteed they owed him just $473,000 upon the release.

He had a rough spring training and in general hasn’t lived up to the potential he showed early on with the Red Sox a few years ago, but Doubront is capable of being a decent back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever.

Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN on opening day

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Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.

Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.

“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”

Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.

Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.

“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.

Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.