The Dodgers signed veteran left-hander Randy Choate to a minor league deal recently, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reported in his Minor League Transactions roundup this week. The 40-year-old ACES client was in camp with the Blue Jays back in Spring Training but was released on March 29.
Choate’s most recent big league work came with the Cardinals, who signed him to a three-year deal covering his age-37 to age-39 seasons. As a strict lefty specialist, Choate was deployed in a highly limited role with St. Louis and totaled just 98 2/3 innings over the life of the deal. In that time, he posted a 3.56 ERA with 7.5 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9. Those numbers aren’t exactly dominant, but Choate was unhittable against lefties for most of his tenure with St. Louis, allowing same-handed batters to post a paltry .176/.270/.247 batting line. His numbers in 2013-14 were stellar, though it should be noted that Choate did slip up a bit in 2015 when he yielded a .259/.333/.361 line to left-handed hitters.
Choate hasn’t been playing since that spring audition with Toronto, so he’ll probably need to build up some strength before joining one of the Dodgers’ minor league affiliates. Once active, he’ll serve as a veteran depth piece that has long been a thorn in the side of opposing lefties. It’s conceivable that he could help out the Dodgers later in the year by matching up against some tough left-handed hitters, assuming he proves that he has something left in the tank at the minor league level.
Per Eddy’s report, the Dodgers also added right-hander Alfredo Figaro on a minor league pact. The 31-year-old spent the 2015 season pitching for the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization and posted a 3.38 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 165 innings out of the rotation. He hasn’t appeared in the Majors since 2014 with the Brewers, but Figaro has a fair amount of MLB experience. In parts of four big league seasons with Detroit and Milwaukee, he has a 5.04 ERA in 114 1/3 innings.