Scott Atchison was non-tendered by the Red Sox in November and then turned down a chance to re-sign on a minor-league contract, believing he deserved better after posting a 3.18 ERA in 142 innings for Boston during the past three years.
Instead the 37-year-old reliever has simply accepted a minor-league deal with a different team, signing today with the Mets while getting a spring training invite as part of the contract.
It’s not often you see a pitcher settle for a minor-league deal one year after posting a 1.58 ERA in 51 innings, but Atchison’s age and elbow problems last season no doubt played a big part. Considering the lack of risk involved, he’s certainly a worthwhile addition for the Mets.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.