Analysis

With Duke Cut Free, MLB Should Consider Fixing Arbitration

With Duke Cut Free, MLB Should Consider Fixing Arbitration

Zach Duke - Louis Lopez/CSM (Zumapress)

With the news that the Pirates have designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment, I'm reminded of a long-since-gone article I penned at the old Most Valuable Network site when the Pirates released Josh Fogg rather than re-sign him to a salary that was inflated by arbitration.

In the case of Duke, the article states Pittsburgh figured they would be on the hook for $6 million in 2011 for the arbitration eligible Duke (he made $4.3 million in 2010). Of course, he isn't worth it and he won't command anything near that on the open market. So, what has arbitration accomplished? Nothing positve. Duke, who has known just one organization in his career, is packing up and looking for work and likely staring at a pay cut. A community tha...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

More in Analysis

Tom_Singer_1280_dkkf9ic6_fsuntwk4

Tom Singer, Former Pirates MLB.com Beat Writer, Passes Away

Tim WilliamsFebruary 10, 2016
(Photo credit: Sean McCool)

With a Sinker That Hits Upper 90s, Chad Kuhl Has Become a Pitcher to Watch

Tim WilliamsFebruary 9, 2016
Tyler Glasnow 8

Evaluating the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Amateur Scouts

Tim WilliamsFebruary 8, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates Don’t Have Many Position Battles Heading Into Spring Training

Tim WilliamsFebruary 6, 2016
Yeudy Garcia 0810 4

An Early Look at the Potential Pirates Breakout Prospects For 2016

Tim WilliamsJanuary 31, 2016
(Photo by: David Hague)

Francisco Cervelli Open to an Extension With the Pirates

Tim WilliamsJanuary 27, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects