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LaRoche, Young Become Free Agents After Clearing Waivers

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) After being designated for assignment, third baseman Andy LaRoche and infielder Delwyn Young have cleared waivers and are free agents.

The Pirates removed both players from their 40-man roster when they were designated for assignment on Nov. 19.

Pitcher Zach Duke was also designated for assignment with LaRoche and Young.

On Nov. 24, Duke was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.

In six seasons with the Pirates, Duke went 45-70 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

LaRoche was the starting third baseman in 2009, but lost his job while hitting .206 with four homers and 16 RBIs last season. Young hit .236 with seven homers and 28 RBIs.

Since the season ended, the Pirates have shed outfielder Brandon Moss and LaRoche, two of the four players they acquired from the Red Sox and Dodgers in the Jason Bay trade in 2008.

Moss signed a minor league deal with Philadelphia after being taken off the Pirates 40-man roster.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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