Free agent left-handed reliever Randy Choate is calling it a career after not receiving any “solid offers,” he tells WFAN’s Sweeny Murti.
It is at least somewhat surprising that Choate didn’t receive any quality offers given the fact that teams are always on the lookout for veteran left-handed relief pitching.
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Choate, 41, played 15 major league seasons while spending time with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals along the way. In those 15 seasons, he pitched in 672 career games, going 16-14 with seven saves, a 3.90 ERA and a 348/175 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His best major-league season came with the then Florida Marlins, where he appeared in 54 games and put up a 1.82 ERA. Choate pitched in five separate postseasons as well, compiling 10.2 innings pitched and a 3.38 ERA
In his last major league campaign with the Cardinals in 2015, the seasoned hurler pitched in 71 games and went 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA.
In addition to his big league work, Choate spent 14 seasons in the minor leagues en route to spending time with the Tampa Bay Rays, Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers in addition to the Dodgers, Cardinals and Yankees. In that time, he went 16-14 with a 3.90 ERA.
Choate, known mostly as a left-handed specialist, struggled in the minor leagues after having to face more right-handed opponents than he ever did in the majors, as MLBTradeRumors noted, and that contributed to the veteran not seeing the major leagues at all in 2016.
In his last stint with the Dodgers’ minor league affiliates at Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa, Choate went 1-0 with a 7.13 ERA and a 20/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.