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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 seasons, topping the National League with 80 appearances last year and leading the American League with 85 appearances while with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.
Choate broke into the big leagues in 2000 with the New York Yankees and has also pitched for the Diamondbacks, Rays, Marlins and Dodgers. He was a part of the trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers last summer.
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The Cardinals have signed the ultimate LOOGY and got Scrabble a playmate. Randy Choate is a Cardinal. And not only is the 37 year old going to be the other "left-handed specialist" for the St. Louis club for 2013, his contract is for three years. Now how can you call Choate the ultimate LOOGY? After all, there was Tony Fossas and Graeme Lloyd and Alan Embree that...
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...
The St. Louis Cardinals have been looking for a left handed relief pitcher this off season. Today, they got their man.
Cards sign Choate, financials not available at this time
Randy Choate is a 37-year old left handed relief pitcher that has pitched for five teams in his twelve year major league career, spanning back to his rookie season in 2000 with the New York Yankees.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Baseballs top executives met one final time before departing the winter meetings Thursday morning for the annual Rule 5 Draft. And the Cardinals were busy at the Minor League level.
The Cardinals did not select a player in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft and had none of their players taken among the 15 overall selections.
They did lose Steven Hill...
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has claimed plenty of hardware over the last month for his spectacular performance behind the plate for the Cardinals in 2012.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Molina would take home more hardware, this time winning the GIBBY as the Defensive Player of the Year in baseball.
Molina finished fourth in the National League MVP voting, but...
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that left-handed reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement is subject to a physical before the deal can be finalized.
Choate had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 80 games this year, tying...
New Packs Include Musial, Jersey, Ring, Bobblehead and Weekend Promotion Packs
ST. LOUIS, December 4, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced 2013 ten-game and five-game ticket packs and single-game All-Inclusive tickets will go on sale this Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m.
New for 2013, fans can select from several multi-game packs built around games featuring special commemorative...
So all those billion dollar TV deals you’ve been hearing about in baseball the past year? Like with the Dodgers, Yankees and Angels?
Well the Cardinals don’t have one of those.
Worse, the Cardinals just re-upped a couple of seasons ago with Fox Sports Midwest right before the TV rights deals started exploding and are now in the midst of a long term deal that will...
Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith sold 13 of his Gold Glove awards for over $500k, according to multiple reports.
The Gold Gloves, along with the two World Series rings the Cardinals organization gave to him from the franchise's 2006 and 2011 championship runs, were sold at a sports memorabilia auction in California over the weekend.
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed left handed reliever Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5mm deal, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports.
With the departure of Choate, the Dodgers will now need to look for a left hander for their bullpen as they have Paco Rodriguez who will probably be sent back to the minors for more seasoning and Scott Elbert who is recovering from offseason surgery...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Cardinals search for an assistant hitting coach has apparently finished with a familiar name.
A source confirmed Thursday morning that Bengie Molina, former big league catcher and older brother of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, will likely be named the clubs hitting coach in the near future.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to report the news on Tuesday...
Fans Asked to Join Team Effort the Morning of December 12th by Donating Gifts at Busch Stadium
ST. LOUIS, December 5, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals front office is teaming up with Fredbird and volunteers from Cardinals Care, KMOV, Delaware North Sportservice and the American Red Cross to provide holiday gifts to the children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.
On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals added their second left-handed reliever in veteran Randy Choate.
The St. Louis Cardinals added an infielder and a left-handed pitcher in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. They also lost catcher Steven Hill.
The ill-advised "mutli-year contracts to relievers" train continued to roll along on Wednesday, with the Angels signing Sean Burnett (last of the Nationals) to a two-year, $8 million deal and the Cardinals signing Randy Choate (last of the Dodgers) to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.
Both of these relievers owe Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton a fistbump for setting...