NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Cardinals have found their left-handed reliever.
Multiple reports Wednesday afternoon have the Cardinals agreeing to a deal with left-handed reliever Randy Choate, who held left-handed hitters to just a .158 batting average last season.
Choate, 37, posted a 3.03 ERA last season in 38 23 innings with the Marlins and Dodgers. In 12 big league seasons, hes held left-handed batters to just a .201 batting average and .284 slugging percentage.
The veteran was seen as one of the top left-handed relievers on the market behind Sean Burnett, who priced himself out of the Cardinals range by wanting a multi-year deal. Choate joins Marc Rzepczynski as the second lefty in the Cardinals bullpen.
Choate is most effective when used strictly as a left-handed specialist. Right-handed batters hit .325 off him in 40 at-bats last year. More than two-thirds of his at-bats were against left-handed hitters.
The durable lefty led the league in appearances in two of the past three ...