Miami adds pitching depth with right-hander who can pitch in long relief and spot start if needed

The Miami Marlins will use right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne in both long relief and potentially as a spot starter

The Miami Marlins have announced they have claimed right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and designated infielder Robert Andino for assignment. The announcement was made Thursday and was reported by Oliver Macklin of

Despaigne, 29, appeared in 16 games for Baltimore in 2016. He went 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA in 27 1/3 relief innings.

While he has not made a start this season, Despaigne does have experience in the rotation. He has started 34 games for the San Diego Padres over the previous two seasons. His versatility to pitch in long relief could come in handy for the Marlins in the final two weeks of the season.  

Despaigne’s career in the majors is fairly short. He and fellow Cuban defector Aledmys Díaz held a showcase for Major League Baseball teams on February 13, 2014. Despaigne signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres on May 2, 2014.  The Padres then assigned him to the San Antonio Missions of the Double-A Texas League, where in two games started, he allowed one earned run in 7 2/3 innings pitched.

Despaigne pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits in his major league debut.

He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme in February of this year before he was placed on waivers.

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