Pirates and Zach Duke agree to $4.3 M contract

UPDATE 9:32 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Duke will make $4.3 M in 2010.  The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated.  It’s not a good estimate, as it accounts for Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, and Brandon Jones.  Since we don’t know which player of Donnelly and Church isn’t official yet, I didn’t want to remove one or the other.  Once a move is made to clear space, the 2010 payroll projection will be more accurate.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and left handed starter Zach Duke have agreed to a contract, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  By agreeing to a deal, the two sides avoid the arbitration process, which had a noon deadline today for the sides to submit their arbitration numbers.

Kovacevic reports that the contract is believed to be a one year deal.  No financial terms have been released yet.  I estimated that Duke would be worth between $4 and $4.25 M in my post last night on the subject of Zach Duke’s worth.  Once the contract is known I will update this post, and the 2010 40-Man roster/payroll page.

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