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Pirates' Duke signs, Jones claimed on waivers

Updated: January 19, 2010, 8:46 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates left-handed starter Zach Duke avoided a possible arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $4.3 million, one-year contract.

Tuesday was the deadline for teams and players to exchange salary arbitration figures.

The 26-year-old Duke gets a $1 million raise from last season, when he was 11-16 with a 4.06 ERA in 32 starts while allowing 231 hits in 213 innings. He also was chosen for the All-Star game.

Duke had been the Pirates' only remaining arbitration-eligible ...

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