Blue Jays sign veteran reliever Choate

Blue Jays sign veteran reliever Choate

The Blue Jays added another bullpen candidate to the roster on Friday, signing left-hander Randy Choate to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp.

Choate, a 40-year-old lefty specialist, posted a 3.95 ERA over 27 1/3 innings in 71 appearances with the Cardinals last season. For his 15-year career, left-handed batters are hitting just .195/.276/.274 against the southpaw.

Prior to spending the last three seasons with the Cardinals, Choate has spent time with the D-backs, Yankees, Rays, Marlins and Dodgers throughout his career.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.