Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Twins Ink Another Lefty Reliever

The Twins have added yet another veteran lefty to the mix that will be competing for a 12th bullpen spot during Spring Training, signing Randy Choate to a minor league deal. Choate will compete with previously signed lefties Mike Venafro and Carmen Cali for a spot that may - or may not - be open in Spring Training.

Choate isn't exactly an innings-eater - last year, he made 30 appearances, and pitched the sum total of 16 innings. He's only hit the 50 inning mark in one year - 2004, for Arizona - and his career Major League ERA of 4.64 doesn't suggest that he's ever likely to reach that mark again. Nevertheless, as a pure lefty-only specialist, he'd provide an interesting piece to the Twins bullpen that would be a bit different from what the Twins have had in the past. I think it's extremely unlikely that we'll get a chance to watch him pitch for the Twins, however. At least his signing gives Gardy and Ryan a chance to look at another arm down in Ft. Myers.


  • At Thu Jan 11, 12:57:00 PM , Blogger Marty said...

    I think Terry Ryan and I both like the same types of baseball movies...the ones where past their prime veterans and greener than green rookies find heart and an ability to play as a team and win the big one...However I think I know when I leave the theatre that it was a bleeping movie...

  • At Thu Jan 11, 01:09:00 PM , Blogger JST said...

    Well, I'll just say that if any one of Venafro, Choate, or Cali succeed the way that Denys Reyes succeeded last year, then his modus operandi will be vindicated. But your comment is strangely insightful . . .


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