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Duncan coming home to D-backs on Minors deal

Tucson native, Arizona alum is son of team's new special assistant to GM

Duncan coming home to D-backs on Minors deal

The D-backs have signed veteran first baseman and outfielder Shelley Duncan to a Minor League deal, according to the Arizona Republic.

Duncan, a Tucson, Ariz., native, played three seasons at the University of Arizona before being selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. The 34-year-old is also the son of Dave Duncan, Arizona's new special assistant to the general manager and former Cardinals pitching coach.

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Duncan spent most of last season with Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate in Durham, where he hit .215 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. He also appeared in 20 games with the Rays, hitting .182 with a pair of homers, while serving primarily as a designated hitter.

Prior to signing with the Rays last offseason, Duncan split his first six big league seasons between the Yankees and Indians, never playing more than 85 games in a single Major League season. He has a .226 lifetime average to go along with 43 home runs.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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