Zachary Thomas Duke
Height: 6'2" Weight: 210
Bats/Throws: Left / Left
Born: 04/19/1983 in Clifton, Texas
Offseason home: Gallatin, Tennessee
Family: Wife Kristin
Acquired: In trade from the Minnesota Twins, with cash considerations, for Chase De Jong and Ryan Costello (07/30/2018)
MLB Debut: 07/02/2005
Free Agent after: 2018 season
Twitter handle: @zach_duke
Duke hadn't surrendered a home run all season with the Twins—45 games pitched, 44 hits, no homers. Then, in his first appearance since being traded to Seattle, he served up a two-run bomb in the ninth inning to longtime Mariner villain Josh Reddick. He did not exactly a make a good first impression.
That said, Duke could serve a valuable purpose for the M's the rest of the way; since converting to relief in 2012, his numbers have been respectable (3.30 ERA, 287 Ks in 281 innings) and he fits the mold for a lefty-specialist. But so far he's yet to show anything positive whatsoever since putting on a Seattle jersey, and he doesn't have much time left to turn things around.