Source: Randy Choate to Cards

Updated: December 5, 2012, 6:02 PM ET
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Left-handed reliever Randy Choate has agreed to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, a source told ESPN.

Choate had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 80 games this year, tying for the major league lead in pitching appearances. He held left-handed batters to a .158 average (16 for 101) and righties hit .325 against him (13 for 40).

Choate was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Miami Marlins in July along with shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Marlins started to get rid of payroll.

A 12-year veteran, Choate has a 4.02 career ERA with five different teams.

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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