Despaigne, Alfredo デスパイネ (ですぱいね)
Softbank Hawks | #54 | OF
Born: 06/16/1986 (age 33)
Height: 175cm
Weight: 95kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
Hometown: Cuba
History: マヌエルファハルド国立体育大-キューバ・グランマ-ロッテ
Roster Changes: removed 09/10/2016, added 09/20/2016

[8/18/2018] Alfredo Despaigne out with knee inflammation

Alfredo Despaigne was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right knee. He was taken off the active roster on August 17. He will be eligible to return on August 27.

Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2018, Sports Hochi 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/17/2018, Sponichi 8/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018


[2/4/2018] Alfredo Despaigne tweaks calf during Caribbean Series game

Alfredo Despaigne reportedly hurt his right calf during a Caribbean Series game against Venezuela on February 2 (local time). The Softbank Hawks have been told the injury is not serious (he is considered day-to-day).

Despaigne is currently slated to arrive in Japan later this month.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/4/2018


[10/23/2017] Status of Softbank Hawks foreign players

All of the main everyday foreign players are expected to return to the Softbank Hawks next year.

Source: Sanspo 10/23/2017

[UPDATE 11/5 @ 10:40pm]

Sarfate and van den Hurk left Japan on November 5.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 11:29pm]

Despaigne, Moinelo, and Colas returned to Cuba out of Fukuoka Airport on November 7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 2:32am]

The Hawks announced on November 9 that the following players are signed to contracts for the 2018 season: Despaigne, van den Hurk, Moinelo, Sarfate, Suarez, and Colas.

The Hawks also announced that they will not offer Jensen a contract for the 2018 season.

Source: Softbank 11/9/2017, Softbank 11/9/2017 (Jensen)


[6/11/2017] Alfredo Despaigne hurts hamstring while running the bases

Alfredo Despaigne hurt his right hamstring while trying to score from second on a double to right-center, hit by Nobuhiro Matsuda in the third inning of today’s game against the Hanshin Tigers. He hurt the hamstring in between third and home plate. He was able to score, but dragged his right leg while doing so. He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fifth (he got the start at designated hitter).

Despaigne was taken to a hospital in Fukuoka for tests. He was diagnosed with a strain in his right hamstring. He will be taken off the active roster tomorrow.

Source: Sponichi 6/11/2017, Sponichi 6/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2017, Sports Hochi 6/11/2017

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 1:35am]

Despaigne is resting at home in Fukuoka. He is slated to begin his rehab on June 16.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/13/2017

[UPDATE 6/14 @ 2:41pm]

Cuban Ambassador to Japan Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernandez was quoted by a Cuba radio station as saying that it will take Despaigne at least twenty-five days for a full recovery. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters after the game on June 11 that he wanted the slugger to make his recovery a top priority. He could end up missing the first-half of the season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:09pm]

Despaigne started taking live batting practice at the Chikugo facilities on June 20. He will join the Ichi-gun team for practices on June 21 and might be able to return to the active roster on June 23.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/20/2017Sports Hochi 6/21/2017, Sponichi 6/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2017, Daily Sports 6/21/2017, Sanspo 6/21/2017


[2/11/2017] Softbank Hawks add Alfredo Despaigne

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old Alfredo Despaigne. He was assigned the uniform number 54. The Hawks released the following statement from Despaigne:

I am happy for the opportunity to play for the Softbank Hawks, Japan’s strongest team. I feel this is a new start for me. I hope to make good use of my past experiences and will do my best to help the team win a championship.

To the Hawks fans: I will do my best to hit as many home runs as I can so please come out to the stadium.

According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen (or an estimated 400 million yen a year).

Source: Softbank 2/11/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/11/2017, Sponichi 2/11/2017

[UPDATE 3/25 @ 9:39pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Despaigne today.

Source: Softbank 3/25/2017


[2/4/2017] Softbank Hawks: three year offer for Alfredo Despaigne

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, citing the Cuba media as their source, Cuba has received a three year, 16.2 million US dollar offer for Alfredo Despaigne from the Softbank Hawks.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2017

[UPDATE 2/9 @ 11:07pm]

A Softbank official left for Cuba on February 8. The two sides are in the final stages of negotiations. An official agreement could be in place by February 11.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2017


[1/31/2017] Softbank to make a formal offer for Alfredo Despaigne in February

The media learned on January 30 that the Softbank Hawks are planning to make a formal offer for Alfredo Despaigne in February. Despaigne will be participating in the Caribbean Series. The Hawks are expected to approach Cuba once the series is over.

Despaigne is a candidate for Cuba’s WBC roster. If he makes it, he will join the Hawks after the tournament.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2017


[12/19/2016] Chiba Lotte Marines break off Despaigne talks

The Chiba Lotte Marines officially announced today that they dropped out of the running for Alfredo Despaigne because the price tag was too high. The Marines’ last offer may have been a three-year deal worth over one billion yen.

Lotte will now focus their attention on other overseas options. They are hoping to sign someone before the start of spring camp.

Source: Sponichi 12/19/2016, Sponichi 12/19/2016Daily Sports 12/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/19/2016Sports Hochi 12/19/2016

[UPDATE 12/20 @ 11:08pm]

The Marines posted an official announcement to their team site earlier today stating that they were not going to sign Despaigne to a contract for the 2017 season.

Source: Lotte announcement


[12/8/2016] Alfredo Despaigne to sign with Softbank, Lotte to fill opening with Mauro Gomez

According to media reports from this morning, Alfredo Despaigne appears to be headed to the Softbank Hawks. The Chiba Lotte Marines are looking into Mauro Gomez as a possible replacement for Despaigne.

Source: Chunichi Sports 12/8/2016, Daily Sports 12/8/2016

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 12:24am]

The Hawks are the favorites to land Despaigne now that the Marines officially announced their decision not to offer him a contract for the 2017 season. They could offer three years between 1.2 and 1.5 billion yen.

Despaigne is currently spending some time in Japan with his family. He will be here until the end of this week.

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2016, Sponichi 12/20/2016Sports Hochi 12/20/2016, Daily Sports 12/20/2016Nikkan Sports 12/20/2016, Sanspo 12/20/2016

[UPDATE 12/22 @ 11:32pm]

Despaigne became a free agent after Lotte removed him from their reserved list on December 21. The media learned on the same day that the Hawks reached out to Despaigne.

Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2016, Sports Hochi 12/22/2016

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[11/20/2016] Chiba Lotte Marines not giving up on Alfredo Despaigne

The Chiba Lotte Marines would like Alfredo Despaigne to return to their team next year, but the Softbank Hawks are reportedly making making a strong push for his services. Despaigne told the Japanese media that he wanted to return to Chiba against next season, but the decision is not entirely his to make (the Cuban government has final say).

The Marines have rights to Despaigne until the end of November. Team officials are planning to travel to Cuba on November 21 to argue their case and present an offer that might be for two years at around 600 million yen (he just finished a two-year contract worth an estimated 500 million yen). The Hawks might be preparing a two-year deal at around 800 million yen.

Source: Sanspo 11/20/2016

[UPDATE 11/25 @ 3:24pm]

Despaigne told Cuban newspaper Granma that he received offers from three teams: Lotte, Softbank, and Chunichi. The Dragons have denied making any offers for the thirty-year-old.

Source: Granma 11/23/2016, Sports Hochi 11/25/2016

[UPDATE 11/28 @ 9:48pm]

Lotte officials were in Cuba from November 21 until November 26. They had a chance to hold lengthy discussions with Cuba and Despaigne. They reportedly offered a sizable multi-year contract. A decision will most likely be made in December.

Source: Sanspo 11/28/2016

[UPDATE 12/2 @ 9:11pm]

Lotte’s offer may have been a three-year deal worth over one billion yen. Cuba is expected to make a decision in two weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 11/29/2016

[UPDATE 12/3 @ 12:08am]

According to Nikkan Sports, Lotte’s offer may have been three years and over 1.2 billion yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2016