Originally written on The Daily Stache  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Mlb-red-sox-orioles-mar
Apparently Brian Wilson isn’t the only relief pitcher that the Mets have had their eye on lately. This afternoon the team announced that right-handed reliever Scott Atchison had been signed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to spring training. Atchison is 36 years old and spent the last three seasons pitching for Boston. In 2012, he threw for a career-best 1.51 ERA in 51.1 innings with 36 strikeouts and just nine walks. Obviously, expecting a repeat of those figures would be extremely optimistic, but the Mets would probably happy if Atchison could just maintain his career ERA of 3.48, especially considering the injury he suffered last season. In July, Atchison partically tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He decided not to have surgery and was able to return in September to pitch 5.1 innings with zero runs allowed. Naturally, some of Atchison’s prospective suitors were worried by the UCL injury, but the Mets felt he was worth the risk. “Some teams were pretty cautious with the elbow,” Atchison said Monday. “I think some of that was more to do with my age than anything, age and the elbow. It’s kind of like, ‘OK, well, you’re 36, going to be 37, and you do have this tear.’ Everybody knows about it, obviously.” Atchison also said that he’s going to have a “pretty good” chance to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster. That makes sense, considering that Frank Francisco, Bobby Parnell, and Josh Edgin appear to be the only three locks to be in the bullpen on April 1. In fact, MLBDepthCharts.com has already projected Atchison to be on the Opening Day roster. Obviously, this minor league deal does not mean that Brian Wilson or anyone else is out of the picture for the Mets, so stay tuned to see how the bullpen situation continues to develop. The post Mets sign reliever Scott Atchison to Minor League deal appeared first on The Daily Stache.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

Mets News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.