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...

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