Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 12/5/12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Cardinals have found their left-handed reliever. And apparently it was the one they wanted all along. A club official confirmed Wednesday evening that a three-year deal is in place with veteran left-handed reliever Randy Choate, pending the completion of a physical Friday in St. Louis. The deal will reportedly pay him a total of 7.5 million. Choate, 37, was arguably the top left-handed specialist available this winter. He held left-handed hitters to just a .158 batting average last season and had a 3.03 ERA in 38 23 innings with the Marlins and Dodgers. In 12 big league seasons, Choate has held left-handed batters to just a .201 batting average and .284 slugging percentage. The Cardinals withheld comment on the signing until the completion of Fridays physical. Choate was seen as one of the top left-handed relievers on the market behind Sean Burnett, who signed a two-year, 8 million deal with the Anaheim Angels a short time later. But the Cardinals were ap...
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