- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Mets watched Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne in Barcelona, Spain, according to El Nuevo Herald (via MLB Trade Rumors).
The Giants, Mariners, Phillies and Yankees reportedly also watched the Cuban defector. Despaigne soon will have a bigger showcase in Mexico, according to the report.
Writes MLB Trade Rumors:
Despaigne, who pitched this season at 26 years of age, is a veteran of eight seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He owns a lifetime 51-39 record with a 3.65 ERA but was much better in his final season, posting an ERA of just 2.58. According to a recent report from Diario De Cuba, Despaigne has yet to be cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
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