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D’Backs acquire Zach Duke from Pirates for a PTBNL

Nov 24, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

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From Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com comes word that the Diamondbacks have acquired left-hander Zach Duke from the Pirates for a player to be named later.

Duke had a bit of major league success in 2005 as a 22-year-old, posting a 1.81 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 84.2 innings.  But he really hasn’t been effective since and wouldn’t have lasted long in a system other than Pittsburgh’s.

The D’Backs will hope that he can find a little consistency in a different setting.  It seems unlikely in the hitting-friendly confines of Chase Field, but it’s not exactly unheard of.

Duke, 27, finished the 2010 season with an 8-15 record, 5.72 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 29 starts.  He is likely to act as Arizona’s fifth starter in 2011.

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