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Duke returns to Reds on one-year deal

Cincy designates right-hander Lopez for assignment in corresponding move
February 11, 2019

The Reds made their signing of reliever Zach Duke official on Monday, announcing that they've signed the veteran left-hander to a one-year contract.A source told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon that Duke's deal is for $2 million. The club hasn't confirmed the terms of the contract.Reds pitchers and catchers report for Spring

The Reds made their signing of reliever Zach Duke official on Monday, announcing that they've signed the veteran left-hander to a one-year contract.
A source told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon that Duke's deal is for $2 million. The club hasn't confirmed the terms of the contract.
Reds pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Goodyear, Ariz., on Wednesday. In a corresponding roster move Monday to make room for Duke, the Reds designated right-hander José López for assignment.
Duke initially agreed to a deal with Cincinnati on Feb. 1, making him the team's first free-agent addition of the offseason. He and Amir Garrett are the two left-handed relievers likely to be in the Reds' Opening Day bullpen.
The 35-year-old Duke is returning to Cincinnati after pitching for the Reds during the 2013 season, a stint that helped turn his career around after being released by the Nationals earlier that year. Duke had a 0.84 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Cincinnati.
Duke is now entering his 15th season. He spent 2018 with the Twins and Mariners, making 72 appearances with a 4.15 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 52 innings.
Duke will wear No. 32 with the Reds. He wore No. 30 in his first stint with the team.

David Adler is a reporter and researcher for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.