Pirates Release Duke, LaRoche, Add 4 New Pitchers

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young were designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend.

The Pirates chose to create roster space for other players in advance of the Rule 5 draft next month.

Pittsburgh made a similar move last winter with closer Matt Capps, who went on to be one of the majors’ top relievers for Washington and Minnesota.

By not tendering them contracts, the Pirates are giving up on Duke, their former staff ace, and LaRoche, their former starting third baseman who was considered a key to the Jason Bay trade two years ago.

All three were arbitration-eligible.

The moves with Duke and LaRoche weren’t a surprise, as it was evident late in the season that neither fit in the Pirates’ long-term plans. The team estimated it would cost at least $6 million to re-sign Duke for 2011.

The Pirates added right-handers Michael Crotta, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Tony Watson and left-hander Daniel Moskos to their 40-man roster.

  • Ann Pavlsi

    So this new manager is no different. What’s the use having a Pirates Store where a fan can buy player shirts. The names change so much that it’s not worth gettting one because as soon a you do the guys traded.
    The owners and managers don’t give a “RATS Ass” about the fans & it would serve them good if no one showed up for next season’s opening day.

    • Drew

      So you wanted to buy a Duke or LaRoche jersey? Really? Do you think that Duke is worth the 6 million he’s due next year? LaRoche had a chance to show his abilities for two seasons. He’s just not good enough. I don’t think you have any idea how good this front office is. Our minor league system is now booming with talent from AA down. It takes time for the results to show in Pittsburgh. A few more seasons and it will show.

  • Vince

    Yo Ann, they are trying to impove the club. Duke had no business being on this roster.Maybe you should use your head before you put down money on a minor league players uniform.

  • Jordan

    “A few more seasons”?

    Are you an idiot? That’s what they’ve been saying for 18 years.

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