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Twins Agree To A One-Year Deal With Veteran Pitcher Zach Duke

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The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran left-handed pitcher Zach Duke.

The 34-year-old lefty and the Twins finalized a one-year contract on Tuesday. Last season, Duke was 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals.

At the beginning of his career, Duke was a starting pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In six seasons with the Pirates, he was 45-70 with an ERA of 4.54 in 160 games played (159 starts). He has since had stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and most recently the Cardinals. He has mainly been utilized as a relief pitcher since leaving Pittsburgh.

This is not the first move that the Twins have made this offseason to improve their bullpen. A couple of weeks ago, the team signed veteran closer Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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