"We are pleased that we were able to reach agreement with Zach to avoid the arbitration process," said Pirates GM Neal Huntington. "It is a credit to Zach Duke, Mark Pieper (Zach's representative) and Larry Silverman (Pirates) that we were able to reach an amicable agreement."
Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Duke made his Major League debut with the Pirates in 2005 after being named the organization's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2004. He went 8-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 14 starts with the Pirates in 2005 and became just the second Pittsburgh rookie ever to win his first five decisions.
In his five seasons with Pittsburgh, Duke has won 37 games and has made more than 30 starts in each of his three full seasons (2006, 2008-09).