Dirtbags get 2-time All-Star pitcher for Williams, prospects
The Fargo Dirtbags and division rival Chicago Snake Tamers have agreed to terms on a deal that sends 2-time All-Star pitcher Orber Marin to Fargo for Dirtbags' starting pitcher Willie Williams and prospects Don Chong and Roger Hamelin.
The trade bolsters an already strong Fargo pitching staff as the 32-year-old Marin will now join Javier Henriquez, Sammy Pierce and Manny Christians to form one of the best staffs in the league (Fargo's 3.52 team ERA trails only Atlanta and Houston for best in The Bigs) . Marin has posted a 9-5 record to this point in the season for Chicago, with a 3.28 ERA. He will take Williams' spot in the Fargo rotation as the number four starter. The 30-year-old Williams was 2-5 with a 5.29 ERA for Fargo.
The main fetch for the Snake Tamers in the deal is pitching prospect Don Chong, who was drafted #38 overall by Fargo in the season 5 amateur draft. Chong projects to have outstanding control with average splits and four pitches. His stamina and durability could make him a valuable inning-eating #3 starter in the major leagues when he's ready. Hamelin, Fargo's first-round pick in last season's draft, projects to be an elite defensive centerfielder with gold glove potential and an average ML bat.
The move frees up some cash in seasons 8 and 9 for the Snake Tamers who, despite having the highest payroll in The Bigs, have fallen out of playoff contention, sitting 17 games behind the division-leading Dirtbags.
Fargo management has said that Marin could replace Christians' spot in the rotation next season should setup man Christopher Siddall decide to opt for free agency rather than re-sign with the team. The Dirtbags could possibly use Christians as their setup man next season in Siddall's absence in that scenario.