The Mets announced they have signed RHP Scott Atchison to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Atchison, 36, made 42 relief appearances for the Red Sox in 2012 and went 2-1 with a 1.58 ERA, allowing just two home runs in 51 1/3 innings. He ranked fourth in the Major Leagues in ERA among relievers with at least 50 innings pitched.
Atchison missed two months of the 2012 season with a torn elbow ligament, although he did not have surgery to repair the problem.
Over six major league seasons with the Mariners, San Francisco and the Red Sox, Atchison is 7-7 record and a 3.48 ERA in 155 games, one start.
Jan 29, 12:55 pm: Atchison will make $700,000 if he makes the team out of camp, and can earn an additional $150,000 in incentives (Bradford, WEEI.com).
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:Atchison could end up being a real find for the Mets, if he’s healthy and makes the team. He’s always been a solid piece of the Red Sox bullpen. He doesn’t throw hard but he owned left-handed hitters in 2012, holding them to a .188 average. That’s not indicative of his career numbers, but he always throws strikes and keeps the ball in the ballpark.