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.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.