Roundup: Marlins reportedly pursuing Choate

While the baseball world is anxiously awaiting Cliff Lee’s decision, there are plenty of other gems still on the market. Pitching has remained at a premium as the market has evolved, with relief pitchers playing a key role.

To fill their bullpen needs, the Marlins are looking to sign left-hander Randy Choate, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted on Sunday. The 35-year-old Type B free agent declined arbitration from the Rays earlier this offseason after two solid years in Tampa Bay’s ‘pen. 

Here’s a look at other news from around the league on Sunday: 

? The Mariners acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals on Sunday, in exchange for right-hander Maikel Cleto. The 28-year-old Ryan, who is known more for his stellar defense than his work at the plate, played in a career-high 139 games last year. In return, the Cardinals added Cleto, who pitched at Class A Advanced High Desert last year before earning an invite to the Arizona Fall League. 

“In acquiring Brendan Ryan we have added a player who is athletic, has played multiple positions, has been an everyday Major League shortstop, and is playoff tested,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in the announcement. “We look forward to Brendan’s contributions as well as him competing for a starting position.”

- The sweepstakes for Lee’s services didn’t have many new developments over the weekend, but the Yankees have decided they aren’t going to increase their offer to Lee beyond their current offer, the New York Post reported Sunday. The longest of the Yankees’ offers is believed to be in the neighborhood of seven years, $160 million. 

? Although their American League East counterparts have made some big moves this offseason, the Rays aren’t going to change their approach, the St. Petersburg Times reported Sunday. Moving forward, the team is targeting “under-the-radar type guys that we feel fit us well and have a lot of upside,” executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told the Times. 

? After Lee, Carl Pavano figures to be one of the key pitchers left on the market. For that reason, The Boston Globe predicted Sunday that Pavano will wait until Lee signs to pick his destination. While the Twins have been seen as a likely spot for Pavano, Texas could make a play for the veteran if it misses out on Lee, the Globe added. 

– Bailey Stephens

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