Randy Choate, 36, reliever
Final 2012 stats: 0-0, 3.03 ERA, one save, 1.22 WHIP, .206 opponent batting average, 80 games and 38 2/3 innings.
Contract status: Free agent.
The good: His 80 games tied three others for the most relief appearances in the majors. He had a 2.12 ERA against left-handed batters, who hit just .159 against him. He is still very good as a specialist against left-handed hitters, and allowed runs in only one of his last 13 appearances and had a 2.89 ERA in his last 30 appearances (9 1/3 innings).
The bad: Had a 9.82 ERA with runners in scoring position. Performed better last season with the Marlins (2.49 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) than with the Dodgers (4.05, 1.65) after coming over July 25 with Hanley Ramirez via trade with Miami.
What’s next: General Manager Ned Colletti said shortly after the season he would like to re-sign Choate. They would prefer at least two left-handed relievers in the bullpen, and left-hander Scott Elbert finished the season on the disabled list with a sore elbow.