Cincinnati Reds sign pitcher on eve of spring training

The Cincinnati Reds on Monday signed pitcher Zach Duke to a one-year contract.

The veteran left landed has pitched for nine different teams during his 14-year major-league career, including part of the 2013 season with the Reds.

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Duke, 35, is 66-90 with a 4.30 for his career. He spent his first six seasons with the Pirates as a starter. Since then, he’s almost exclusively been used out of the bullpen.

He was fifth in the rookie of the year voting in 2005 after going 8-2 with a 1.81 in 14 starts. Duke was an all-star for the Pirates in 2009.

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To make room for Duke, the Reds designated right-handed pitcher Jose Lopez for assignment.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Tuesday in Goodyear, Ariz. The first workout is Wednesday. Position players must report by Sunday. The first full-squad workout is Monday, Feb. 18.

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