Nationals Sign Zach Duke

The Nationals announced that they signed left-hander Zach Duke to a minor league deal (Twitter link). The Astros released Duke earlier this week.

Duke, 28, posted a 4.93 ERA with 3.8 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 and a 49.6% ground ball rate in 76 2/3 innings last year. The 2009 All-Star owns a 4.56 ERA with 4.6 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 49.0% ground ball rate in seven seasons with Arizona and Pittsburgh. SFX represents the Clifton, Texas native.


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14 Comments on "Nationals Sign Zach Duke"


Robb Logan
3 years 3 months ago

If converted to a lefty specialist only he can find another MLB job but as a starter he is done. Still surprised the Astros did not try that route especially after losing Escalona.

HalfSt
3 years 3 months ago

I guess I am OK with this. He is a former All-Star with terrible stats, but the Nats have to backfill their AAA roster.  Let’s hope he finds something deep within that makes this work.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 3 months ago

It’s good you’re okay with it. I’m sure The Nationals would’ve released him had you disapproved.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 3 months ago

The comment section is for opinions on the subjects in the article is it not? Oh and by the way, I too, am ok with this deal.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 3 months ago

Relax, it was a silly joke. Your sarcasm reader is broken.

It’s a perfectly fine depth deal. 

HalfSt
3 years 3 months ago

That would be every fans dream soon turned nightmare, wouldn’t it? I am pretty sure I would be a lousy GM in real life.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 3 months ago

I’m confident I also would be. I think I’d rather watch and enjoy baseball!

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

Now they have 2 John Lannon’s. My question? which one is the worst.

comebackkid814
3 years 3 months ago

You most be kidding. Is it just because they are soft-throwing LHP that you lump them together? Lannan is actually one of the league’s top groundball pitchers and is a good 4 or 5 on about 3/4 of ML staffs (and an ace for a team like the Orioles). Career ERA+ for Duke: 93. Lannan’s career ERA+ is 103. Case closed. 

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 3 months ago

UMMMMMMMM, obviously Lannan is better. They aren’t even close to being the same pitcher.

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

 1 is being paid 5m to throw BP and the other on a MILB deal. It’s not like either has pin point control and is a Jamie Moyer, or Bill Lee who would ever be capable of being anything but a back end SP on a 2nd division team when they couldn’t find anyone else.

Not dicing either personally. They just don’t don’t have anything and neither would have been pitching at the MLB level if not for being lefties at all.

Ian_Smell
3 years 3 months ago

So many former Bucs vying for spots on the Nats.

Guest
3 years 3 months ago

who?

Ian_Smell
3 years 3 months ago

Nady, Duke, Michaels (until he was released), along with Burnett and LaRoche who are already on the roster.