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 offer to Duke, and basically traded for him to try and negotiate a deal prior to the non-tender deadline....

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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 in an attempt to make a trade.

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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?

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 go to finding a replacement.  The Pirates went on to sign Octavio Dotel for $3.5 M, and also spent almost $4 M extra on bullpen options like Brendan Donnelly, D.J. Carrasco, Javier Lopez, and Jack...

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Pirates Add Five, DFA Duke, LaRoche, Delwyn

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 Moskos, Tony Watson, Kyle McPherson, and as reported here earlier, Michael Crotta. The moves to clear space are a surprise, at least in terms of timing.  With guys like Brian Burres and Chris Leroux on...

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