The Yankees are in need of a good lefty reliever and even though we’ve already heard they are interested in Sean Burnett they are obviously not going to stop there. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees have also called the Florida Marlins to inquire about the availability of their former pitcher Randy Choate.
Olney did not elaborate so at this point we have to assume that the only thing that has happened is that the Yankees have expressed their interest.
Choate has got two things going for him. First is he’s cheap, still in the first year of a two-year $2.5 million deal. He also destroys lefties. This year he has held them to a .100 batting average and has dominated them throughout his career.
So it’s easy to see why the Yankees would want him, but the problem is they probably won’t want to give up a lot for a LOOGY who cannot get righties out at all. If the Marlins aren’t getting much for him, they might feel like it is just better to hold on to him.
We as Yankees fans should hope that the Yankees stay persistent in their attempts to acquire him while at the same time hoping that the Marlins will be willing to part with him and not for an extreme amount. As nice as it would be to have a shutdown lefty, in the long scheme of things it’s not wise to give up a ton of talent for them.
For those who don’t remember, Choate was a young reliever with the Yankees from 2000-2003. Over that time he appeared in 82 games and had a 4.43 ERA. He was eventually included in the deal with the Expos for Javier Vazquez.