Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic gives us the finishing touches on the Zach Duke deal:
-- If the Diamondbacks can’t get Duke to sign for less than what he made this year ($4.3M), they’ll likely non-tender him, thus making him a free agent.
-- The Diamondbacks are said to have agreed to give up a mid-level prospect whose name can’t be announced until after rosters become unfrozen following next month’s Rule 5 draft. The sides have agreed to other players in the event the original player is selected in the Rule 5 draft.
The more prominent players left unprotected by the D-backs and so presumably on the Bucco shopping list are critiqued here by The Musician blogging for the AZ Snakepit.