Lefty Reliever Appeared In 85 Games For Rays In '10

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Florida Marlins have signed relief pitcher Randy Choate to a two-year contract.

No terms of the deal were released but MLB.com is reporting the deal will pay the veteran left-hander a total of $2.5 million.

Choate appeared in a career-high 85 games for Tampa Bay last season, compiling a 4-3 record and 4.23 earned run average in 44 2/3 innings.

“We felt adding a second lefty to the bullpen was important,” said president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. “Randy is experienced and proven against left-handed hitters. Heading into spring training, our bullpen has a different, balanced look.”

He has a career record of 10-10 with a 4.39 ERA and five saves in 342 relief outings during his 10-year career with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rays.

12/15 17:40:18 ET

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