It appears that Justin Duchscherer has re-signed with the A's, with a deal that can reach up to $5.5 million with incentives. I've always loved Duke, from the time he was one of the most dominant set-up men in baseball to his incredible job as the ace of the A's staff. Duchscherer is going to be a great fit with the A's young staff. The A's rotation of Duchscherer, Dallas Braden, Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez or Vin Mazzaro becomes pretty damn formidable.
But more than all that, I'm hoping that Duke has recovered with his anxiety and depression. I met Duke at spring training a few years ago and he remains the best player interview I've ever done. His answers were thoughtful, insightful and he was just one of the most cerebral athletes I'd ever met. He was a class act. Not to mention that watching Duke pitch has always been like watching an artist paint.
We shall see how missing an entire season affects someone who makes a living on being as precise as possible. It's just great to see someone like Duke return to the place where he truly belongs, even if it's only for one more season. Above all that, Nico gets the Christmas wish he was truly hoping for. Bet on green and gold at the Casino this weekend, Nico!