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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Zach Duke to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. (It is reported to be worth $3.5M in 2011, $5.5 M mutual option for 2012. It could increase to $7 M based on innings pitched with a buyout o $750,000.)
Duke was traded to the Dbacks last week for a Player to be named later.
“We’re excited,” General Manager Ken Towers said. “He’s a lefty with a lot of experience that’s still in the prime of his career. We think there’s a lot of upside there.”
Duke went 8-15 with a 5.72 ERA in 2010. He is 45-70 with a 4.54 ERA in six seasons with the Pirates.
The Diamondbacks non-tendered reliever D.J. Carrasco and Outfielder Ryan Church on Thursday making them free-agents.
Carrasco and Church were both acquired by the D-backs from the Pirates last July in a deal that sent Catcher Chris Snyder and Infielder Pedro Ciriaco to Pittsburgh.
Carrasco went 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 55.2 innings for the Pirates and 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 22.2 innings for the Dbacks,
Church batted .182 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 170 at-bats with the Pirates. He batted .265 with two home runs and seven RBI in 49 at-bats with the Dbacks.
During Wednesday’s 9-3 loss to the Braves, Ciriaco got his first opportunity to show the Pirates he could be the shortstop of the future.
In the ninth inning, Ciriaco came in to pinch-hit for Chan Ho Park. In his first major league at-bat, Pedro hit a RBI double. Not only did he get his first hit but he also picked up his first career RBI.
Going into the 2011 season, Ciriaco’s is being considered for to play shortstop.
Ronny Cedeno –the Pirates current shortstop– has shown flashes of potential but has been very inconsistent this season. He will also be arbitration eligible for the third time and would be due for a raise. (He is currently making $1.125 M.)
“I don’t know if I’m going to play or not, but I’m going to be here and learn from the veteran guys here and work and have fun as much as I can,” Ciriaco said. “I was little and started playing, it was my dream to be in the big leagues. When I found out, it was amazing for me.”
Ciriaco was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal that sent Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and D.J Carrasco in return for Pedro as well as Catcher, Chris Synder.
Since being traded, he was batting .281 with Triple-A Indy.