Houston Astros Sign Zach Duke to Minor League Deal

Why yes, that's an All-Star patch on Mr. Duke's shoulder there.

The Houston Astros have signed left-handed pitcher Zach Duke to a minor league deal, according to Alyson Footer. The deal comes with an invite to Spring Training.

Duke, 28, played six seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded for a PTBNL (Cesar Valdez, anybody?) playing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. He has a career 4.56 ERA and as Zachary Levine points out, is known for not walking -- or striking out -- his opponents. On a per-nine-innings basis, he's walked 2.4 and struck out 4.6 per game.

Somehow, he was named to the 2009 All-Star Game following an injury to Matt Cain (see picture featuring All-Star patch for proof).

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker