Aug 3, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Zach Duke (59) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 18, 2014: White Sox sign Zach Duke to repair bullpen
Zach Duke had a rebound season in ’14, and for that season with the Milwaukee Brewers, the White Sox were all over Duke this offseason and signed him for the next three seasons.
Duke will receive $4.5 million in ’15, $5 million in ’16 and $5.5 million in ’17. By the ’17 season arrives, Duke will be 34 years old.
About the ’14 season by Duke … what caught the interest of the White Sox was his 58.2 innings on the mound where he accumulated a 2.45 ERA, much better that the 2013 season where his ERA was 6.03 with the Cincinnati Reds and the Nationals.
Duke has a 1.125 WHIP and K/9 of 11.4, which will be very good for this bullpen to have this upcoming year, especially compared to what we had to watch the past couple seasons when the bullpen came into tough spots late in games.
Also with Duke, he brings a 1.2 WAR (wins above replacement). Duke also allowed under one run per appearance in ’14, as he allowed 19 runs in the nearly 53 innings he pitched.
The hope with Duke is he pitches like he did last season, and not like he did in ’13, but I feel with Don Cooper as his pitching coach and a change in the way he pitches from the ’13 season to the ’14 season, he’ll fit in just fine with the White Sox next year.