Diamondbacks Sign Zach Duke

The Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Zach Duke by signing the left-hander to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012, reports MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.  Duke will earn $3.5MM next season (via Gilbert on Twitter), and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweets that the mutual option is worth $5.5MM with a $750K buyout.  Piecoro adds that if Duke pitches a certain number of innings, the mutual option for 2012 could be worth $7MM.  Duke is represented by SFX.

Duke and the team finalized the deal just before yesterday's non-tender deadline, and the left-hander would've in fact been non-tendered had the two sides not come to terms.  Arizona acquired Duke in a trade from the Pirates on November 24.  As D'Backs GM Kevin Towers tells Gilbert, the club sees Duke as their fifth starter.


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9 Comments on "Diamondbacks Sign Zach Duke"


4 years 7 months ago

yes.

Paradise17
4 years 7 months ago

Kennedy, Saunders, Hudson, Enright and Duke. That way they go R-L-R-R-L. Plus Parker could take the 4th spot in ST and move Enright to long relief.

4 years 7 months ago

no.. parker as long relief

kevinhua
4 years 7 months ago

forget that why would a pitcher with ace potential be a reliever? put parker in the fifth spot and maybe just maybe he can replicate what hudson did last year.

qudjy1
4 years 7 months ago

Nah – save parkers clock for when AZ actually has some potential. You want to call him up in June (i think it is) when his time this year doesnt count – fine. Realistically, there is no reason for anyone to think AZ is going to compete this year, so save him for later down the road.

TartanElk
4 years 7 months ago

If the Dbacks are gonna go R-L-R-R-L, they might as well go for U-U-D-D-L-R-L-R-B-A

starliter79
4 years 7 months ago

Duke sucks anyways… no big deal here.

GRINGOMHT
4 years 7 months ago

Both Duke and Saunders….look for both to give up high number of HRs next season.

qudjy1
4 years 7 months ago

Its not a bad sign considering how much he will be getting paid.