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Arquimedes Lorenzo, a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher in the Pirates organization, has been suspended for 50 games for violating the minor league drug program. The suspension will take effect during the 2011 season.
Lorenzo pitched for the Bucs Dominican Summer League team. He was signed as a non-drafted free-agent on Nov. 11, 2009. Lorenzo started 13 games last season and finished 2-4 with a 6.56 ERA in 48 innings.
The Pirates have acquired right-hand pitcher Cesar Valdez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for the player to be named later in the Zach Duke trade.
In nine games with the Backs (20 innings) during the 2010 season, Valdez allowed 19 runs (17 earned) while walking 10 and striking out 13.
“It’s a right-hander with heavy sink,” Huntington said of Valdez. “He gets a lot of groundballs. He’s going to mix-and-match. He’s going to hit his spots. He’s a guy that we feel can help maybe out of the bottom of the rotation or use as a long man. He’s a guy to add to our depth and our competition to make our club.”
The Pirates (as well as the Red Sox) reportably are interested in Justin Duchscherer –a free-agent starter. The right-hander has had only five starts during the 2010 season (2-1 with a 2.89 ERA) due to injuries.
Duchscherer missed the entire 2009 season because of elbow surgery as well as problems with clinical depression.
In eight seasons –seven with the Oakland Athletic’s– he has a 3.13 ERA (163 appearances).
There is also speculation that the Pirates could be interested in starter Jon Garland. Garland spent the 2010 season with another small market team–the San Diego Padres. In 33 starts he was 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA. Garland made $4.7 Million last season.