D-backs acquire Zach Duke

PHOENIX — The D-backs added some depth to their starting rotation Wednesday as they acquired left-hander Zach Duke from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later.

Duke, 27, was designated for assignment by the Pirates last week when they decided they were not going to go through the salary arbitration process with him after he made $4.3 million while going 8-15 with a 5.72 ERA for Pittsburgh.

Duke went 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 14 starts during his rookie season in 2005, but has not been able to get back to that level of performance in the years since.

In 2009, Duke did show flashes of his old form and finished with an 11-16 record and a 4.06 ERA in 32 starts.

Providing innings is usually not a problem for Duke, who tossed 215 1/3 innings in 2006, 185 in 2008 and 213 in 2009. Last season while making 29 starts he threw 159.

“We know that it’s not going to be easy to find a quality upgrade, and we know it’s going to be a challenge to find a guy who can pitch 180 innings,” Pirates GM Neil Huntington said when Duke was designated for assignment. “

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