Looking to add bullpen depth, the St. Louis Cardinals traded outfield prospect Charlie Tilson to the Chicago White Sox for left-handed reliever Zach Duke.
Duke a much traveled twelve year MLB veteran, has seen stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers; and since 2015 with the White Sox. Duke has a lifetime won-loss record of 60-83, with a 4.35 ERA, in 413 games-169 of which he appeared as a starter. In his career Duke has thrown six complete games, pitched three shutouts, and earned three saves; in 1,243 innings.
Charlie Tilson is a twenty-three year old left-handed outfielder. He was drafted in the Second Round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. The 5’11” Tilson has a four and one-half season MiLB batting average of .293. As a minor leaguer, he has eighty-nine career stolen bases; having stolen forty-six in 2015 at AA-Springfield of the Texas League. In 2016, Tilson has stolen fifteen bases at Triple-A Memphis; he has been caught stealing three times this season.
The Cardinals are waiting until Tuesday to add Duke to the Twenty-Five Man Roster.
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