Report: Zach Duke set to sign with White Sox


Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Zach Duke throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago tweeted the Chicago White Sox will be signing free agent relief pitcher Zach Duke.

Duke will fill a void the White Sox have in their bullpen in terms of left-handed pitchers.

In his tweet, Hayes said the following:

Duke pitched last season for the Milwaukee Brewers and is a 10-year MLB veteran.

In ’14, Duke pitched 58.2 innings, where he finished with a 2.45 ERA in 74 games. He finished by allowing 49 hits and just 16 earned runs. Duke struck out 74 batters, and those type of numbers are something that could boost the White Sox bullpen for the ’15 season.

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For his career, he has a 4.46 ERA in 1,144.2 innings pitched. He has 639 total strikeouts.

Duke had a WAR (wins above replacement) of 1.2 this past season, and a RA9 of 2.91. His WAA (wins above average) was 0.7. Duke also had a record of 5-1 in relief appearances last season.

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He has 55 career wins in stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and the Brewers.

Once the White Sox officially announce the signing, we’ll take a more on-depth look at Duke and what he can do for the White Sox.