Pirates lose veterans, clear roster space
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates won't offer contracts to left-hander Zach Duke and infielders Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young, designating them for assignment in moves that effectively make them free agents.
The Pirates chose to create roster space for other players in advance of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Pittsburgh made a similar move last winter with closer Matt Capps, who went on to be one of the majors' top relievers for Washington and Minnesota.
By not tendering them ...
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