All posts tagged "Zach Duke"

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    Pirates Acquire Cesar Valdez to Complete Duke Trade

    The Pirates acquired Valdez to complete the Duke trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right handed pitcher Cesar Valdez from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the Zach Duke trade.  Valdez has spent the last two seasons as a starter in AAA for Arizona, combining for a...

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    Non-Tender Deadline Preview

    The non-tender deadline is tonight, Thursday night, at midnight.  Teams must decide whether to tender their arbitration eligible players contracts, or non-tender them and allow them to become free agents.  This can lead to some potential trades, as one team's non-tender candidate can be another team's treasure.  The Pirates shouldn't have any...

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    Pirates Trade Duke to Arizona

    The Zach Duke era with the Pittsburgh Pirates is officially over.  After designating the left handed starter for assignment on Friday, the Pirates traded Duke to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later. According to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks aren't likely to tender an arbitration...

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    Losing Duke, LaRoche and Young

    In a somewhat surprising move, the Pirates designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster. It was not surprising that those players were let go, bit I figured the front office would hang on to them until the non-tender deadline...

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    With Duke Cut Free, MLB Should Consider Fixing Arbitration

    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 MVN site when the Pirates released Josh Fogg rather than re-sign him.

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    One Step Closer to a Starting Pitching Upgrade?

    Will the Pirates use Duke's money to upgrade the rotation, just like Capps/Dotel in 2010? Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, after trying to trade their former closer and getting no interest.  Following the non-tender, Pirates' GM Neal Huntington said that the money that would have gone to Capps would...

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    Pirates Add Five, DFA Duke, LaRoche, Delwyn

    Duke was designated for assignment to clear space for the Rule 5 additions. The Pittsburgh Pirates have added five players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, and designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche, and Delwyn Young for assignment.  The five players added were Jeff Locke, Daniel...

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    2011 ZiPS projections

    I’m a few days late on this, but Dan Szymborski released the 2011 ZiPS projections for Pirates players on Sunday. There is nothing all that earth-shattering in the projections, but there are some certainly a few interesting things to note.

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    Should the Pirates start spending this offseason? – Part Two

    In August, I considered whether the Pirates starting lineup could be significantly improved through free agency this upcoming offseason. I completed that post by promising a part two. Well, that was more than two months ago, but a promise is a promise.

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    Poor showing for Pirates in Fielding Bible Awards

    The 2010 winners of the Fielding Bible Awards were announced today, along with the complete voting tallies. Unsurprisingly, no Pirates defenders took home an award. Scanning the lists of players receiving votes, very few Pirates were even considered.

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