The Indians woo Nick Swisher like he’s a high school quarterback

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Nick Swisher is taking a “sign me, brah!” tour and is meeting with the Indians today. And apparently this is happening:

Why do I think most teams wouldn’t do this? At least not for someone who is less than a top shelf superstar?  Brandon McCarthy sums it up nicely:

 

It does seem a bit silly. But at least the Tribe is giving him the full in-season experience. You know, what with an empty stadium and all.

Angels acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from Marlins

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The Angels announced on Tuesday night that the club acquired pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from the Marlins for cash considerations. Pitcher Dayan Diaz was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Despaigne.

Despaigne, 31, posted a lackluster 5.31 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 1/3 innings for the Marlins before being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in early June. Despaigne has even struggled at Triple-A compiling a 4.47 ERA with a 41/13 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.

Despaigne has spent about equal time starting and relieving in his major league career, so he could operate as a swingman for the Angels. Otherwise, he’ll serve as pitching depth.