Choate has retired from baseball, Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports.
Choate posted a career 3.70 ERA, with 348 strikeouts in 408 innings, but he churned out a longtime role as a LOOGY.
Choate was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Though he didn't make the Opening Day roster, Choate could stick with the organization to provide bullpen depth, if he can't quickly locate a big-league job. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he hopes the veteran lefty will accept an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.
Choate signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Friday, Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports.
Usually an excellent lefty specialist, Choate saw his splits against left-handed hitters take a step back in 2015, allowing a .265/.333/.361 line in 94 plate appearances. The 40-year-old will enter Blue Jays camp seeking a spot that could be open with fellow left-hander Aaron Loup (forearm) out due to a flexor tendon strain.
The Cardinals will look to move relief pitcher Randy Choate this offseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
I think in Choate’s case, for us, he’s fairly one-dimensional," general manager John Mozeliak said. "That makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season."
Choate posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB ratio in 36 innings during the regular season. He fared much better against left-handed hitters, who hit .093/.205/.147 in 75 at-bats against the reliever. Righties posted a .938 OPS when facing Choate in 2014.
Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up a run on a hit and a walk while not recording an out in his team's 5-4, 10-inning defeat against the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Choate (0-1) began the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk before surrendering a single, putting the potential winning run in scoring position with no outs. He then airmailed a throw to first base on an attempted sacrifice to bring the lead runner around to score on a walkoff error. The Cardinals will be looking to even the series Wednesday in Game 4.
Cardinals pitcher Randy Choate (2-2) needed only four pitches to pick up the win Saturday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Choate struck out Anthony Rizzo swinging to end the sixth inning. The Cardinals erupted for four runs in the following frame to give him the win. Choate owns a 4.62 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings of relief.
Cardinals pitcher Randy Choate needed just one pitch to pick up a win Saturday, recording the final out of the seventh inning of his team's 4-1 victory over the Nationals.
Choate (1-2) was called upon with the bases loaded and two outs after back-to-back walks by starter Shelby Miller, and he immediately induced a groundball to end the inning. The Cardinals were able to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh and get Choate his first win. He owns a 6.62 ERA and 15:7 K:BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings.
Cardinals pitcher Randy Choate was charged with the loss in extras on Monday against the Yankees.
Choate (0-2) surrendered a run-scoring single to Brian Roberts and was charged with two more runs after being pulled for Jason Motte in the 12th inning. He was charged with three runs on one hit and two walks while striking in just one-third of an inning in a 6-3 defeat. He owns a 7.71 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 14 innings of relief this season.
Cardinals pitcher Randy Choate was hit with a loss Tuesday, giving up the decisive run in the eighth inning of his team's 2-1 loss to the Braves.
Choate (0-1) only recorded one out while giving up two hits, and the final run of the game was charged to the Cardinals reliever after he was removed and a single scored the Braves' second run. He owns a 2.38 ERA and 10:2 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Veteran reliever Randy Choate made the opening day roster as one of two left-handed pitchers in the Cardinals' bullpen. He didn't make an appearance in either of the team's first two games, but manager Mike Matheny is still trying to formulate a plan on how to use the lefty specialist.
"I think we have a different dynamic with Randy," Matheny said Tuesday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Randy is going to make it a little more challenging to make sure we’re putting guys in the right spots. It’s a whole different thought process and mentality (with him).”
The Cardinals and Randy Choate have agreed to a three-year deal, worth $7.5 million. Choate, 37, spent the 2012 season with the Marlins and Dodgers, posting a 3.03 ERA over 38 2/3 innings. The left-handed relief specialist tied for the major league lead in appearances with 80.
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