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The less-mentioned acquisition in the Ramirez trade is left-handed reliever Randy Choate.
Although the middle reliever isn’t dominant and probably won’t ever get as much recognition as he deserves on the Dodgers, he adds a much-needed additional lefty to the Dodgers’ bullpen.
Prior to acquiring Choate, the team had only one lefty in the bullpen (Scott Elbert, who coincidentally became injured shortly after the Dodgers acquired Choate), which could have potentially proved detrimental in the postseason, where bullpen depth is crucial.
Choate’s utility expands beyond his mere essence as a lefthander. The 36-year-old reliever hasn’t had the most appealing career in his 12-year career that began with the New York Yankees, but he has had a solid past two seasons as a middle reliever with the Marlins.
With the Marlins this season, Choate recorded 15 holds with a 1.82 earned run average, and he has already recorded a hold with the Dodgers in four appearances.
Choate’s biggest upside is that he dominates matchups against left-handed batters, which makes him a useful specialist in the Dodger bullpen. In the past three seasons, lefties have hit .170 off the sidearm-throwing Choate.
Brandon League may have somewhat faded into anonymity after being demoted as the Mariners’ closer this season, but the 29-year-old reliever is still an above-average reliever and was a great pickup.
Although the Dodgers have already settled Kenley Jansen into the closer role, bringing League in the bullpen will give the team more security, and, in the event that Jansen hits a slump, League can also become the team’s closer.