Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dirtbags won't resign Duvall, Watson

3-time All-Star outfielder will be a free agent in s13

The Fargo Dirtbags have let outfielder Pete Duvall and starter York Watson know that the organization will not offer contract extensions to either player, meaning both will become free agents heading into season 13.

Duvall, a 3-time All-Star, batted .272 this season for Fargo while slugging 27 homeruns for one of The Bigs' worst offenses. The 33-year-old Duvall 450 career homeruns and a career OPS of .860.

Watson's time in Fargo wasn't quite what he or the organization had in mind when they agreed to 4-year $27.2 million deal before season 9. For their money, Fargo managed to get just a 31-51 record out of Watson over his four season's with the team.

The Dirtbags are expecting that both will be Type B free agents, meaning the club would receive a compensation round draft pick for each player should they be signed by another team next season. Fargo currently has just $9.75 million in player payroll for next season, all of which is due to ace Javier Henriquez. It's not yet known whether the team plans to spend their cap space in free agency or in the international market.

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