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Pirates likely to non-tender Zach Duke this offseason

Sep 9, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

Once upon a time Zach Duke went 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA as a 22-year-old rookie, but in the five seasons since then he’s 36-66 with a 4.74 ERA while allowing the highest opponents’ batting average of any pitcher with at least 120 starts.
And now it looks like his Pirates career is coming to a close.
Duke failed to make it out of the second inning against the Braves yesterday, falling to 7-13 with a 5.47 ERA, and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that “indications are powerful” the Pirates will non-tender the 27-year-old southpaw rather than risk having to give him a raise on this season’s $4.3 million salary via arbitration.
John Russell removed Duke from the game without saying a word to him in the second inning and afterward the manager told reporters, simply: “He didn’t have much. Not much else you can say.”

  1. Panda_Claus - Sep 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Not for a lot of money, but I’d certainly consider bringing him in as a non-roster invitee to camp. Change of scenery works for some people. It’s not like the Pirates have been steeped in winning tradition lately.

  2. BC - Sep 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    He’s awful. I don’t know why they haven’t DFA’d him by now.

  3. scatterbrian - Sep 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    4.5 WAR and 398 IP from 2008-2009. He’ll land on his feet somewhere…

  4. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Sep 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    No doubt he lands a paying gig somewhere next year.
    He’s a lefty, so he’ll pitch until his 80, most likely out of the bullpen. It’s funny, guys like this usually end up in Pittsburgh.

  5. steelers rule - Sep 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    He is the new Ollie Perez!

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