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).

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