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Twins signed left-handed reliever Zach Duke on Christmas day

Duke a 35-year-old reliever spent the first half of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery

Zach Duke.

Zach Duke. | AP

This off-season there are no days off for MLB teams and the Minnesota Twins proved it by signing left-handed reliever Zach Duke, informed Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Berardino indicated that the deal is pending a physical and the details of the agreement are still unknown.

Duke a 35-year-old reliever spent the first half of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery, finally taking the mound in late July for the St. Louis Cardinals - the last season of a three-year $15 million dollar deal - and posted a 3.93 ERA in 27 appearances.

Before the surgery, Duke was one of the most effective left-handed relievers in the game in 2016 with a 2.36 ERA while pitching for the White Sox and Cardinals.

Duke, who used to be a starter and an All-Star in 2009, will be another southpaw option for Twins manager Paul Molitor behind Taylor Rogers.

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