Friday, March 18, 2011

Dirtbags complete trade for Almanza

Starter gives Fargo formidable 1-2 in rotation

The Mexico City Chupacabras recently announced that the club will listen to offers for all players and now the first piece of the rebuilding puzzle has been moved. The Chupacabras sent former Cy Young winner Fausto Almanza to Fargo in exchange for pitching prospects Vic Lopez and Vinny Meares. Almanza will join Fargo ace Javier Henriquez at the top of the Dirtbags rotation, giving the team a formidable 1-2 punch.

Almanza is 5-4 this season with a 4.01 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 13 starts for Mexico City. Mexico City also sent $4 million to Fargo to help with Almanza's salary for this season. The starter is scheduled to make $7 million in the final year of his contract next season.

To make room on the roster for Almanza, the Dirtbags designated starter Yogi Hissey for assignment.

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