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Randy Choate | Relief Pitcher | #36

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/5/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida State
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 5 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Blue Jays released LHP Randy Choate.
The Blue Jays are hoping that Choate will be willing to pitch for Triple-A Buffalo. He'll likely explore other options before making a decision. Mar 29 - 10:09 AM

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Blue Jays signed LHP Randy Choate to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Choate held a 4.26 ERA over the last two seasons for the Cardinals and saw his effectiveness versus left-handed batters wane. However, he might still be useful if employed the right way and is of no risk to the Jays on a minor league deal. Choate could have a shot at a bullpen spot with Aaron Loup (elbow) slated to begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 11 - 3:07 PM

The Astros, who are lacking in left-handed options in the bullpen, have expressed interest in 40-year-old southpaw Randy Choate according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

Choate has spent the past three seasons in the Cardinals bullpen, registering a 3.56 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 82/29 K/BB ratio over 98 2/3 innings spanning 196 appearances. He's strictly a left-handed specialist at this point, but would represent a nice low-cost addition to the Astros bullpen if the two sides are able to work out a deal.
Feb 20 - 9:13 AM

Randy Choate dropped several pounds over the winter.

"I got a good month and half of working out and I could definitely see my body trim up," the veteran reliever told Brian Stull of STL Baseball Weekly. "It’s not like all of a sudden I’m going to look like [Matt] Holliday by any means, but it’s definitely better shape for me." Choate had an ugly 4.50 ERA in 2014, but he held left-handed batters to a .093/.205/.147 slash line. He needs to be used strictly as a lefty specialist in 2015.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 08:58:00 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.

General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Randy Choate failed to retire any of the three batters he faced and made a throwing error to allow the winning run to score in Tuesday's NLCS Game 3 loss to the Giants.

Choate walked Brandon Crawford to lead off the 10th, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny surprisingly stuck with him against right-handed batter Juan Perez (Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha were still available in the bullpen). After failing twice to sac bunt, Perez then lined a single to put runners on first and second. The Giants again tried to give Choate an out on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but the lefty threw wild to first and Crawford scored the winning run. Choate has faced seven batters this postseason and retired only two of them.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 07:56:00 PM

Randy Choate logged a scoreless inning of relief Saturday against the Dodgers, lowering his ERA to 1.08.

A 37-year-old lefty killer, Choate has logged only 8 1/3 innings this year due to discretionary use. He's dutifully performed his role, allowing only one earned run over 16 appearances. Choate has six holds on the year and will earn plenty more pitching for the mighty Cardinals.
Sun, May 26, 2013 03:19:00 AM

Cardinals signed LHP Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal became official after Choate passed a physical Friday in St. Louis. A 37-year-old lefty specialist, Choate has held left-handed batters to a .201/.278/.284 career slash line and also gets plenty of ground balls. While there's a chance he might not be effective by the end of the deal, the Cards didn't invest much.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 01:16:00 PM

The Cardinals' agreement with Randy Choate is worth $7.5 million over the next three seasons.

Those financial details come courtesy of CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. It's odd to see a 37-year-old reliever score a three-year contract, but the money isn't bad and it's reasonable to expect Choate to remain effective into his 40s if used correctly. The veteran southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .201/.278/.284 career slash line.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 05:19:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a deal with left-hander Randy Choate.

The Cards had interest in Sean Burnett, but the asking price grew to large for their liking. So the club went down to the second tier of lefty specialists and plucked a pretty good one. Choate, 37, has held left-handed hitters to a .201/.278/.284 batting line over the course of his 12-year MLB career. He should fit well in the St. Louis 'pen.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 04:37:00 PM

Randy Choate is day-to-day with a bruised left hand.

Good news for the Dodgers. Choate was forced to leave Monday's game after being hit in the base of his left hand with a comebacker, but no X-rays were needed. He should be good to go in a day or two.
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 12:17:00 AM

Randy Choate left Monday's game against the Padres in the top of the seventh inning after being hit in the left hand by a comebacker.

Choate made some practice throws, but was unable to continue. Scott Elbert is currently on the disabled list, so the Dodgers could be without a left-hander in their bullpen if Choate requires an extended absence.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 10:17:00 PM

Dodgers acquired LHP Randy Choate and INF Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins for RHPs Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough.

Choate has a 2.49 ERA and 27/9 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings this season. The 36-year-old southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .454 OPS since the start of the 2009 season. He should fit quite nicely in the Dodgers' bullpen.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Randy Choate (oblique) threw off a mound Monday with no discomfort.

Choate has yet to make an appearance this spring due to an oblique strain. He is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday and could appear in a minor league or Grapefruit League game as soon as Saturday. Barring any setbacks, the 36-year-old southpaw should have enough time to get ready for the start of the season.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 06:13:00 PM

Randy Choate (oblique) is aiming to face live hitters Wednesday for the first time this spring.

Choate has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut, but he will only need a handful of appearances to get sufficiently warmed up for the start of the regular season. The veteran right-handed reliever posted a 1.82 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings last year.
Sat, Mar 17, 2012 08:13:00 PM

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