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The Duke of Arizona

By Scott Allen

Duke.  Zach Duke.  Meet the newest member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates had designated Duke for assignment and had 10 days to trade or release him.

Duke, who was 8-15 in 2010, will compete for a spot in the rotation.  He is 45-70 lifetime with a 4.50 ERA.  He was fifth in NL Rookie of the Year in 2005.  Lifetime at Chase Field, he is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA.    Duke is one of those guys that just kind of makes you go, eh.  He is serviceable.  He makes me feel much like Rodrigo Lopez did last year, eh.

Hopefully the D'backs know what they are getting.  I'm a little curious as to why a pitcher could be deemed good enough for Arizona, but not Pittsburgh?  I guess we will find out soon enough.  This wasn't exactly the type of pickup that made me stop in my tracks and jump for joy, then again though, I don't think the D'backs have the money to make a move that will have me jumping for joy.