Another big lefty signing: Zach Duke and the Brewers agree to a minor league deal

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Well, it’s probably big to Zach Duke. And his parents and family are probably happy that his baseball career marches on. Shut up. Zach Duke has accomplished more in life than most of the rest of us:

 

Duke split his 2013 between the Nats and the Reds, going 1-2 with a 6.03 ERA in back-of-the-bullpen duties. But as the signing of Dontrelle Willis shows, have left arm, will travel.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.