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It’s Time To Be Smarter About Bullpen Usage

When I saw that the White Sox had signed Zach Duke for three years and $15 million, my first thought had nothing to do with Duke or Chicago. It was, “wow, Andrew Miller and David Robertson are going to get paid.” Though Duke was obviously a much different pitcher in 2014 than he was in […]
Via Fangraphs
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Zach Duke got $15 million from the White Sox

Zach Duke signed a three-year/$15 million contract with the White Sox yesterday based on his insane/improbable emergence as a relief ace with the Brewers last year. Neil Weinberg at Beyond the Box Score was apparently fascinated by Duke’s breakout season last year and so he takes a look today at the value of one good year vs. a career of mediocrity. It’s obviously only one season’s...
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox agree to 3-year, $15 million deal with left-handed pitcher Zach Duke

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox boosted their bullpen Tuesday, reaching agreement with left-hander Zach Duke on a $15 million, three-year contract. The 31-year-old Duke will get $4.5 million next season, $5 million in 2016 and $5.5 million in 2017. Duke flourished in his lone season with Milwaukee, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances. He joins a bullpen that...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Zach Duke

The White Sox made their first major move of the off-season on Tuesday when they signed free agent left-handed relief pitcher Zach Duke. The team announced that the deal was for three years and $15 million dollars. Duke will make $4.5 million the first year, $5 million in the second, and $5.5 million in the third and final year. Duke, who will turn 32-years-old in April, appeared...
Via Grab Some Bench
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox add Zach Duke on three-year deal

The Chicago White Sox have signed relief pitcher Zach Duke to a three-year contract. Duke will earn $15 million over the course of the deal after joining the Milwaukee Brewers as a non-roster invitee last offseason. In 58 2/3 innings of work last year with the Brewers he posted a 2.45 ERA and 74/17 K/BB ratio. He will now try to put up those same numbers for the White Sox. The contract...
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Zach Duke of Earl is a pearl

One of the amazing surprises of the year for me has been the success of Zach Duke. After all, for so many years as a starter in the early part of this millennium, Duke came to symbolize everything that was wrong with the (then) perennial losing Pittsburgh Pirates. After a successful rookie season, he quickly sank into a slot of one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball. And...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Duke alters pitching style to become bullpen royalty

MILWAUKEE -- There was a period of time not too long ago in which baseball had forgotten about Zach Duke. He was on the brink of his career ending and had to figure something out in order to keep pitching. "I figured out I needed to do something different to get a chance to be in the big leagues again," Duke said. "I really was going to try anything." Duke has resurrected his career...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lefty reliever Duke doing everything to win a job

PHOENIX -- It doesn't take much for the career of a pitcher to be derailed. A couple of injuries mixed with some struggles and a former All-Star could be competing to stay in baseball just a few years later. Such is the case of Zach Duke. Almost five years removed from making the National League All-Star team in 2009, Duke is a non-roster invitee in Brewers camp trying to earn a...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers sign LHP Duke to minor-league deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed veteran left-hander Zach Duke to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big league spring training. Duke spent 2013 with Washington and Cincinnati, appearing in 25 games out of the bullpen and making one start. The 30-year-old posted a 6.03 ERA last season, but allowed just one run in 8 2/3 innings of relief after joining the Reds on Aug....
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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