On Friday, I wrote a piece about how the White Sox would fill some innings in the front-loaded starting rotation led by Reynaldo Lopez and yesterday’s winner, Lucas Giolito. I suggested just about any educated guess with what we currently have in the system, while even making a suggestion to go outside of the organization again. The White Sox indeed went outside of the organization for more depth once more, throwing another obscure name into what seems like an open tryout for innings.
Sunday morning, the Charlotte Knights Twitter page announced that the White Sox signed Odrisamer Despaigne to a deal and assigned him to AAA Charlotte. Despaigne is a 32-year-old righty with a career 13-24 record to go along with a 4.94 ERA with a 4.35 FIP. The move appears to be in reaction to Caleb Frare making a trip to the IL.
This move is far from ideal, but what else do we expect from the White Sox front office other than causing us frustration? This team needs innings badly but continue to look in the wrong places. Based on his track record, I don’t see him making his way to the major leagues but I’ve also been wrong with this team before.
The White Sox don’t look all that bad, outside of the back end of the rotation, through the first 44 games of the season. Instead of plugging and chugging, the White Sox could have made a few reasonable moves for the cheap (Gio Gonzalez, Wade Miley, etc.) instead of making a lot of really stupid moves for the dirt cheap to make this rotation competent. We can’t do much about it now, as we are approaching the dog days of the season and have to look forward.
But sometimes you’ve got to go back, to actually move forward…
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