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Felix Doubront could be Red Sox’ trade bait

Felix Doubront is 2-4 this season with a 5.19 ERA but he has trade value. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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Felix Doubront is 2-4 this season with a 5.19 ERA but he has trade value.

SEATTLE — Could Felix Doubront be one of the Red Sox’ major trade chips before the deadline?

Given the success of Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa, Doubront appears to be the most expendable, and he is lefthanded and attractive to other teams.

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One special adviser to an American League general manager recently said, “He’s attractive because the price is right, he’s a proven major league lefthanded pitcher, and he’s got very good stuff.

“The Red Sox are in one of those unique situations where they have extra pitching. Jake Peavy is another guy who might have some value for them.”

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Some scouts who have followed the Red Sox recently have also been wondering about Doubront’s availability.

Peavy will be a free agent after this season, but his $16 million salary for 2014 would be problematic for a deal.

The Red Sox have been looking for outfield help, preferably a righthanded hitter. They watched Matt Kemp for about a week, but the Dodgers won’t move him.

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The Cardinals have two starting pitchers down, they have righthanded-hitting outfielders, and it just so happens the Red Sox are scouting them this week.

Nick Cafardo can be reached at cafardo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.
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