Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dirtbags acquire Li for prospect

The Fargo Dirtbags and Colorado Springs Chickens have agreed to a deal that would send closer Kevin Li to Fargo in exchange for 3B prospect Willie Solano. The move bolsters what was already a dominant bullpen for Fargo and it is expected that Li will join reliever Christopher Siddall in the setup role for Dirtbags' closer Bert Price. Li had struggled in the closers role for Colorado Springs, going 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA while converting 3 of 5 save opportunities in 17 IP.

The 24-year-old Solano had been hitting .343 with 13 homeruns and 32 RBI for Fargo's AA team this season. Solano was blocked in his route to the majors by William Bolling and Gerald Stargell but will certainly contribute at the ML level someday for the Chickens.

"Solano is a nice prospect but we likely wouldn't have had room for him at the ML level," Fargo GM kjmulli said about the deal. "And anytime you have a chance to pickup a pitcher with Li's potential you certainly have to look into that."

Kevin Li
Colorado Springs
Age: 25B/T: R/R
Born: Otsuki, JP
Position(s): P (ClA)
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Willie Solano
Age: 24B/T: R/L
Born: Haina, DO
Position(s): SS/3B/RF/CF
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