Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/14/13
Grant Brisbee wrote a great article last month that only came to my attention today. While browsing through Baseball Nation I came across a post entitled, Baseball’s Most Underrated Reliever. Over the last five seasons, 40 relief pitchers have posted an ERA under 2.00 with 50 or more innings pitched in a season. Of those relievers, 25 of them are still active… The average salary of those 25 pitchers: about $5.4 million. Of those 25 relievers, there is exactly one who will make less than $1 million. Meet Scott Atchison. Yesterday, while reading through Joe D’s Projected Opening Day Roster for the Mets, he called one of the many relievers we brought in on minor league deals “a lock for the bullpen”. No, it wasn’t Brandon Lyon, Josh Edgin or even Pedro Feliciano. It was right-hander Scott Atchison – the 36-year old late bloomer who made little headlines when the Mets signed him two weeks ago. Brisbee chronicles Atchison’s complete career through the minors and majors, but here are jus...
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