Let me throw out a few stats for a guy that everyone seems to be overlooking:
In 2009, at AA, he pitched to a 3.35 ERA with 119 hits, 101 Ks and 52 BBs in 121 innings.
In 2010, between AA and AAA, he pitched to a 2.81 ERA with 75 hits, 72 Ks and 33 BBs in 80 innings, while coming up to the bigs and pitching 25 innings, including 3 starts, having reasonably good success, with a 4.32 ERA.
In 2011, at AAA, he had a 3.96 ERA with 69 hits, 74 Ks and 26 walks in 77 innings. Injuries kept him from sticking in the bigs.
These stats belong to Felix Doubront. Now, aside from a few nagging injuries in 2011, this guy has been consistently good, shown good control, good stuff, and good composure. All these stats are even more impressive when you consider that he has always been a year under the age curve.
There are two holes in the current Red Sox starting rotation: one is likely (hopefully) going to be filled by free agent Erik Bedard, who showed that he is a capable #4 starter. As for the last opening, there have been talks of Darvish, talks of big trades, and talks of smaller trades, while of course considering the slim pickings of the FA market. Starting pitching IS NOT CHEAP, no matter which way you slice it. Even a Chris Capuano or John Garland could command a multiyear deal, and any trade for a starter would require the Sox to give more than market value.
My plea to the Red Sox organization: let Felix Doubront start--not for the PawSox, but for the Boston Red Sox. He is here, he is cheap, and he deserves his shot.