Thursday, April 3, 2014

Padres Notes: Lafromboise Claimed On Waivers, Close To Deal With Despaigne

The Padres made a roster move last night, claiming LHP Bobby Lafromboise on waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres placed RHP Joe Wieland on the 60-day DL, after he had elbow surgery. Lafromboise was also optioned to AAA El Paso. 

Lafromboise is a 27-year old lefty who is from Southern California (he was born in Downey) and attended the University of New Mexico. He was drafted by the Mariners in the 8th Round of the 2008 MLB Draft. 

Lafromboise has appeared in 10 MLB games, all last year with Seattle. He posted an 0-1 record with a 5.91 ERA. All of his work came in relief. Last year in AAA, Lafromboise showed promise, posting 63 strikeouts in 61 innings.

The Padres spent the offseason, looking for left-handed pitching. They signed Tony Sipp to a minor league contract, drafted Patrick Schuster in the Rule V draft, and traded for Alex Torres. Lafromboise gives the Padres another left-handed option in the minor league system. The transaction was reported by Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com

Joel Sherman of the New York Post also reports that the Padres are nearing a deal with Cuban pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne. According to the report, the contract will be a minor league pact, with limited money. Despaigne has visa issues to work out, and probably won't be able to sign a contract for 3-4 weeks. 

Despaigne is a starting pitcher, who has posted a 3.38 ERA in the last four seasons as a starter. He isn't as touted as some of the other pitchers who have defected, but it is encouraging to see the Padres tap into the international market for pitching. 

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