The Orioles have acquired right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme.
Despaigne, a native of Cuba, is 28, and has a 9-16 record with a 4.74 ERA in 50 games over the last two years.
In 2014, the Padres used Despaigne exclusively as a starter, and he was 4-7 with a 3.36 ERA. Last year, Despaigne pitched in 34 games, nearly equally divided between starting and relief.
Cosme, a 17th round pick in the 2014 draft, was 5-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 21 games with Gulf Coast and Aberdeen the last two seasons.
Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations described Despaigne as a “very capable, crafty pitcher who competes and can fill a number of roles.”
He is expected to compete with Tyler Wilson, Vance Worley and Mike Wright for the fifth starter’s job.
“Despaigne is a solid addition to our pitching staff because of his versatility. Our scouts have liked him for some time. He has proven he can start and serve as a long-relief option out of the bullpen. Over the last two seasons in San Diego, he pitched 222.0 innings in 50 games, 34 of which he started. He is a good competitor, and we expect him to compete for a spot in the back end of the rotation,” Duquette said.
To make room for Despaigne on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser for assignment. Riefenhauser was acquired from Seattle in early December along with Mark Trumbo.
The Orioles’ latest acquisition is pronounced: oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay.
L.J. Hoes, who the Orioles designated for assignment last week when they acquired outfielder Efren Navarro from the Angels, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk.
News of the trade was first reported by Foxsports.com and MASNsports.com