Despaigne worked 222 innings for the Padres as both a starter and reliever in 2014 and 2015. While his overall performance was only mediocre (he posted a 4.74 ERA and a pedestrian 134 strikeouts against 64 walks), he represented a solid pay-off on an under-the-radar signing made in the spring of 2014.
The Orioles could conceivably control the rights of the Cuban hurler, who turns 29 in April, through at least the 2020 season, though such long-term career stability seems unlikely for Despaigne.
In exchange, the Padres have added yet another talented young arm to their system. Cosme had just turned 18 when the Orioles drafted him out of Puerto Rico in 2014. The willow-thin righty spent the 2015 season in short-season Aberdeen, posting a poor ERA but strong peripheral numbers. Despite only putting 66 runners on base in 57 innings, 31 came around to score.
Cosme had solid strikeout (22.8%) and walk rates (7.7%) for the Shorebirds, relying on a fastball that can reach the mid-90s and emerging offspeed stuff.
Cosme enters what shapes up to be quite a competition for the 2016 Fort Wayne starting rotation. Even if the Padres are aggressive and push 2015 college draftees like Phil Maton, Brett Kennedy and Trevor Megill to the Cal League, there will still be the largest group of talent pushing for jobs in Low-A we've seen in years. The group includes 2015 high school draftees Austin Smith and Jacob Nix, trade acquisitions Jose Castillo, Logan Allen and Enyel De Los Santos, and system veterans Walker Lockett, Adrian DeHorta, Emmanuel Ramirez.