Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Toronto Signs Choate to Minor-League Deal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes: Toronto Signs Choate to Minor-League Deal

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Toronto signs Choate

Lefthander Randy Choate has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training.

If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a $1 million salary while in the major leagues and $105,000 if assigned to the minors.

The 40-year-old reliever was 1-0 with a 3.95 ERA in 71 games over 27 1/3 innings last season for the Cardinals. He has a 16-14 career record with a 3.90 in 672 relief appearances.

Freese may play first for Pirates * The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to start newly signed David Freese at third base, his natural position, until Jung Ho Kang returns from the disabled list in mid to late April, after which the righthanded hitting Freese will join the first-base platoon alongside John Jaso and bump Michael Morse to the bench.

Freese, a former Lafayette High star, spent five seasons with the Cardinals and still lives in St. …

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