3-time All-Star to test free agent waters after season
Fargo starting pitchers Sammy Pierce and Orber Marin are both scheduled to be free agents at the end of this season and the news coming out of Fargo is that at least one of those two doesn't plan on re-signing with the team.
According to sources, Marin has informed the Dirtbags' front office that he will not sign a contract extension with the team and that he intends to test the free agent market in the offseason. The 34-year-old 3-time All-Star is in the final year of a 5-year contract that he signed with Chicago before being traded to Fargo midway through season 7. Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, Marin is having one of his best seasons with a 7-2 record and 2.89 ERA.
It is possible that Marin will command Type A compensation as a free agent and at 35-years-old, it will be interesting to see how many teams will bid for his service. The amount of suitors Marin has will likely depend on the length of the contract Marin will seek which, at this time, is unknown.
There's a much better chance that the 2-time Cy Young Award winning Pierce will re-sign with the team as both sides have expressed interest in getting a deal done. Fargo management and Pierce have both said, however, that they will wait until the end of the season before negotiating a new contract.