Death of a Dream: Randy Choate signs with the Marlins

Yanks invite Prior, six others to Spring Training
Open Thread: Ramiro Mendoza

Sigh. Free agent lefty reliever Randy Choate signed a two year deal with the Marlins this afternoon, landing a $2.5M total salary plus incentives according to Kenny Rosenthal. Choate, a former Yankee, was the best free agent LOOGY on the market when it comes to actually getting lefties out. I mean, who wouldn’t want a left-handed reliever that held left-handed batters to a .235 wOBA with an 8.9 K/9 and a 64.5% ground ball rate in the AL East over the last two years?

I guess we should all look forward to watching Pedro Feliciano’s homerun rate regress when the Yanks inevitably sign him.

Yanks invite Prior, six others to Spring Training
Open Thread: Ramiro Mendoza
  • Tom Zig

    Yikes didn’t know Feliciano’s HR rate was so far below his average. Maybe if he isn’t allowed to pitch against righties, like at all, it won’t be so bad…

  • bexarama

    I’ll miss him more facing the Yankees than I’m sad that he’s not on the Yankees, honestly.

    • Kevin Ocala, Fl

      You saved me from writing the extra characters, amen!

  • benjie

    Choate is so crappy even Curtis Granderson can hit him. In the new statistic, CPNMWSS (Can’t Play No Matter What Stats Say), he rates a very high 44.0.

    • whozat

      wait…so your argument is that, despite getting lefties out at a prodigious rate, he can’t get lefties out?

      • JGS

        I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here and say this is confirmation bias. The Yankees crushed Choate this year. Like, really crushed him. Ten runs in two innings crushed. He gave up 11 the rest of the season to everyone else.

        ERA against the Yankees: 45.00
        ERA against everyone else: 2.32

        • LGY

          Well, that’s just lovely.

  • Xstar7

    If we use Feliciano just as a LOOGY and not a set-up man or long reliever he should be okay. Feliciano is not that bad guys.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    There is literally nothing out there on the FA market.

    Joe Beimel (34)…meh
    Brian Burres (30)…eww
    Tim Byrdak (37)…eww
    Bruce Chen (34)…eww
    Pedro Feliciano (34) – Type B, offered arb…I guess
    Randy Flores (35)…meh
    Mark Hendrickson (37)…eww
    Ron Mahay (40)…no
    Will Ohman (32)…meh
    Arthur Rhodes (41) – Type A, not offered arb….hahaha
    J.C. Romero (35)…ew
    Bobby Seay (33)…meh
    Scott Schoeneweis (37)…hahaha
    Taylor Tankersley (28)…at least he is youngish, that’s the only thing going for him.
    Randy Williams (35)…meh

    • AndrewYF

      Good thing the Yankees actually have multiple good options in their bullpen, and several more in the minors.

  • Mister Delaware


    • BklynJT

      Leaves 50 million on the table!

  • icebird753

    UH, honestly, its a LOOGY. All they need to do is get 1, ONE, lefty batter out…sign rhodes or beimel. but it’s not going to decide the pennant

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Rhodes? HELLLL NAWWWWW

      He’s a type A, and he is basically as ancient as a dinosaur.

      • mbonzo

        Wasn’t offered arb though.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Here is an interesting trade candidate: Craig Breslow

    74IP 53H 26R 25ER 9HR 29BB 71SO 8.56K/9 3.50BB/9 1.08HR/9 1.10WHIP 3.91FIP

    Against lefties he is: 26IP 17H 9R 8ER 3HR 8BB 26SO

    My former high school teacher helps him out in the Strike 3 Foundation, too. So it would be pretty cool if he was a Yankee.

    Another trade idea though I have not looked at the number closely: Tony Sipp

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Come to think of it Tony Sipp isn’t that good, but oh well, options are options.

  • Matt DiBari

    I still really, really don’t want a bullpen with two lefties, so i take this as one more victory. Maybe the Yankees will give up.

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Why not? Logan is no sure thing, Marte isn’t coming back any time soon, and the minor league options are not that great.

      • Matt DiBari

        I think two lefties brings out Girardi’s overmanaging worst. Multiple relievers going 1/3 of an inning, lefties relieving lefties, quick pulls on the starter, it just gives me a headache.

        • Joseph Cecala

          Just imagine the binder!

          • RuleroftheBones86

            the horror…the over-managed horror.

            • Eric Young

              The visual of Girardi hovering over his binder with his face painted á la Marlon Brando in Apocolopyse Now is quite entertaining.

  • Uncle Mike

    Good old Randy Choke. He and Ted Lilly nearly threw away the 2000 AL East title. I wish he’d been pitching for the Marlins in 2003!

  • Tom

    Thank god he signed elsewhere..choate would have brought back nightmares of mike myers

  • mike

    Yankee Offseason Targets:
    Carl Crawford
    Scott Downs
    Cliff Lee
    Randy Choate

    well this is going well. Only two real decent LOOGY’s left in Fuentes and Felicano. Sigh