Bucs Complete Duke Trade, Acquire Valdez

Cesar Valdez

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization to complete the trade from November 24 for pitcher Zach Duke.

The 25-year-old Valdez went 6-10 with a 5.90 ERA (97.2ip/64er) in 20 games (18 starts) this year with Triple-A Reno. Valdez also went 1-2 in nine games (two starts) with the Diamondbacks.

Valdez was signed by the Diamondbacks as a non-drafted free agent on May 2, 2005. He entered the 2009 season ranked as the seventh-best prospect and as having the "Best Curveball" and "Best Changeup" in the Diamondbacks minor league system according to Baseball America.

Valdez also earned the organization's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year honors in 2008 after finishing tied for the most wins (13) among Arizona minor leaguers and ranking second among Diamondbacks farmhands in ERA (3.14) and strikeouts (140).

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