Scott Atchison agrees to minor league contract with Mets

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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.