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Nationals re-sign left-hander Zach Duke

Dec 3, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

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After spending most of this year in the minors Zach Duke pitched well for the Nationals as a September call-up and Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports they’ve re-signed the left-hander to a major-league deal.

Prior to joining the Nationals’ bullpen down the stretch Duke had been starting at Triple-A and 168 of his 189 career appearances have come as a starter, but the 30-year-old former top prospect seems most likely to spend 2013 as a middle reliever.

Washington non-tendered Tom Gorzelanny and may lose Sean Burnett to free agency, so the Nationals are thin on southpaw bullpen depth.

  1. joewilliesshnoz - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    All of them are ex – Pirates, good luck with that . . .

    • kkolchak - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Worked pretty well this last year, wouldn’t you say?

    • dcfan4life - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      Thats funny, cuz everyone knows the Pirates have an excellent farm system. Tons of ex pirates all over the league. Pirates problems are they never keep the talent they develop. Most teams are super excited when the Pirates are ready to trade there top talent. Its like a high class buffet, anythings available and damn most of its pretty good.

  2. natstowngreg - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Duke takes Gorzelanny’s slot as lefty long reliever, and could replace John Lannan as a fill-in for an injured starter. All at a much lower cost. According to Adam Kilgore, the organization thinks paying $3 million or more for a long/middle reliever like Gorzelanny didn’t make sense, but he might be re-signed at a lower price.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2012/12/01/mike-rizzo-explains-the-nationals-non-tender-decisions/

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