Doubront = #2/3 Starter. Give it three years, and that will be that.
Time to resurrect this thread.
What the hell do we have here in Doubront? For this year, I have always been assuming he'd be a relative mediocrity, of value only because he's better than John Lackey. It's not Doobie's fault Buchholz is reprising that role.
I am most interested in looking at 2013 and 2014 here. For the rest of 2012, Doubront can continue as he has, pitching pretty damn well as he adjusts to being in the majors.
2013 is going to be interesting, though. We will likely have Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, Bard, Doubront, and Lackey all coming to spring training thinking they are deserving of a spot in the rotation. It would be easy enough to put Bard back in the 'pen but we have to consider that Beckett is a FA after 2014, Lester will be as well as he has an option for 2014, and Lackey's TJS gave the team an option on him for 2015.
Which is to say, the next 2-3 years will likely see an enormous transition in the rotation. If Doubront can be a 2/3 that makes a lot of those decisions easier.