The Miami Marlins have made yet another move to their 40-man roster by trading pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to the Los Angeles Angeles for cash considerations.
Last week, the Marlins sent Justin Bour to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills and then acquired Christopher Bostick from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations this past weekend.
Despaigne has not had a thrilling season with the Marlins, spending time between Triple-A New Orleans and the Major League roster. He has posted a 5.31 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 1/3 innings with Miami before he was optioned to New Orleans in early June. Being in the minor leagues has not been the best for him as well.
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Despaigne has posted a 4.47 ERA with a 41/13 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.
The fact the 31-year-old can be a spot starter or work out of the bullpen made him an attractive puzzle piece for the American League West team.
The right-hander may have gotten lost in the shuffle of the Marlins organization. With the changes in the pitching staff and the team purchasing the contracts of other minor league talents – Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and others for spot-start duty, Despaigne may have become expendable.
Alcantara returned from the disabled list and the Marlins optioned him back to New Orleans. He was solid in his first start, August 9 in a 1-0 win over the Iowa Cubs.
"Per the Baby Cakes’ website, “Alcantara worked out of a first-inning jam after he walked two of the game’s first three batters, settling in to retire 10 in a row until Iowa’s first hit.”"
Odrisamer was claimed off waivers by the Marlins in 2016 when he was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles. For his Major League career, he has a 13-21 record with a 4.71 ERA and 200 strikeouts. Besides the Orioles, he has also played for the San Diego Padres where he made his pro debut in 2014.
The Marlins will expand their roster on Sept. 1 to 40 players. The team figures to callup several pitching prospects in an effort to determine who may compete for a starting spot in the rotation and who may work out of the bullpen next season.
When the team was bought by Derek Jeter, he followed a blueprint that called for acquiring pitching prospects for the future. The Marlins had one of the worst minor league systems in baseball over the past few seasons.