An express pass to the playoffs Despaigne is not, but it’s a move that could actually yield some marginal short and long-term value for the frugal Marlins going forward.
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The big question is just how exactly will Despaigne be used? Having originally started his career as a starting pitcher, the Orioles used him strictly as a bullpen piece this season, although he did start 17 games with their Triple A affiliate in Norfolk.
By the way, that’s one Triple A club that must make the 2016 Marlins look like 1927 Yankees, given the fact the Despaigne went 1-9 for them despite posting a respectable 3.87 ERA. In any event though, he’s the textbook definition of multipurpose, so there are plenty of options on the table.
But as for those options, there are three scenarios that I see as most likely when it comes to fitting Despaigne in over the next few weeks, the popularity of which will depend entirely upon how the club performs over the next one to two weeks.
Then again, he started his career in San Diego. His elbow could explode any day now.
Let’s take a look though.
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