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Dan Duquette's roster roulette

Dan Duquette's roster roulette

There's no doubt that Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will make you scratch your head a few times every offseason.

In between more significant transactions, he wheels and deals on the fringes of the trade and free-agent markets and shuffles his 40-man roster like it's a deck of souvenir Orioles playing cards.

This week's acquisition of absolutely unpronounceable pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne is just another example.

Duquette picked up the intriguing Cuban pitcher from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguer Jean Cosme on Thursday and made room for him by designating left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser for assignment. He made a...