The Mets, Yankees and Phillies attended a showcase in Spain for Cuban RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (El Nuevo Herald).
Despaigne, 26, will hold another showcase in Mexico later this month, when he is expected to sign a big-league contract.
He had a 3.27 ERA in 23 starts this past year in Cuba, while striking out 98 batters in 143 innings.
“Since word got out about his escape, teams from the Majors began to get interested in the young man, and this interest has continued growing,” Despaigne’s agent said.
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) to sign with an MLB team.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This is interesting. He didn’t play in the WBC, so there isn’t much information on him, other than he’s six feet tall, 200 pounds and has thrown a lot of innings. I have no idea what the Mets think of him after having seen him throw. Similarly, there isn’t much buzz about this guy’s talent in baseball, only that almost every team is interested and planning to attend the second showcase. I have only heard speculation that he might be offered contracts in the three- to four-year range.