Found December 09, 2012 on
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The St. Louis Cardinals didn’t make many moves during last week’s Winter Meetings, but they did complete an important deal to solidify a position the team struggled to fill throughout the 2012 season.
The Cardinals signed left-handed relief pitcher Randy Choate on Friday to a three-year, $7.5 million contract. He will serve as the second lefty in the bullpen behind Marc Rzepczynski and specialize in retiring left-handed batters late in ballgames.
A three-year deal might seem a bit much for a 37-year-old, but the price is reasonable, left-handed relievers tend to last longer than any other position in the sport and Choate fills one of the Cardinals’ few glaring needs.
The Cardinals began the 2011 season with Trevor Miller in his familiar old-guy, left-handed specialist role and then brought in 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes when they dealt Miller in the midseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that sent Miller and Colby Rasmus to Canada.
Neither Miller nor Rhodes had spectacular number...
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ST. LOUIS - Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay tweeted shortly after the club signed veteran reliever Randy Choate Friday that having him as a teammate would save him five broken bats a year. Fellow left-handed hitter Dan Descalso agreed.
And they should. They are a combined 0-for-9 against Choate in their careers while the full St. Louis roster is just 4-for-25 against the left-handed...
A perennially-contending club like the St. Louis Cardinals seems unwilling to sacrifice a season or two in the present to increase the odds of a future payoff. Perhaps they see such a move as unnecessary.
2013 should be no exception. The Cards have made the post-season as a wild card in each of the last two seasons, including going on to claim one world title. They prospered even...
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ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free-agent left-handed pitcher Randy Choate (pronounced: choht) on a three-year deal that carries through the 2015 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Choate, 37, led the majors with 80 appearances in 2012 between the Miami Marlins and Los...
One of the beloved players that helped the awful 1970’s St. Louis’ Cardinals evolved into the 1980’s World Champions was their second/third baseman Ken Oberkfell. The now 56-year-old has remained in the game ever since, having spent many years coaching and managing.
For 2013, Oberkfell is moving far off the beaten path, having accepted the job as the manager of the Lincoln...
When the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with free agent Randy Choate earlier in the week...little did they know they were getting a reliever with ties to sitcom royalty.Sort of.I'm not really sure when the 37-year-old lefty's Wikipedia page was hacked (for lack of a better term), but the result is awesome.It just goes to show you that you can't believe everything...
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CARDS ADD LEFTY SPECIALIST
The Cardinals added lefty specialist Randy Choate this week. Check out all the Cardinals...