Hold on to your hats — the Mets have signed Scott Atchison, the latest in a string of no-name, little accomplishment players Sandy Alderson is bringing in to fill out the roster.
The righty reliever inked a minor league deal that would pay him $700,000 plus $150,000 in incentives if he makes the big club. Atchison had some pretty good numbers for the Red Sox last season — 2-1 with a 1.58 ERA in 42 games. He did miss two months with forearm tightness but did not require Tommy John surgery. Knowing the Mets, he’ll likely need the operation the moment after he makes the team and signs that guaranteed major league contract.
Atchison, who will be 37 years old once the season starts, didn’t make his major league debut until he was 28, and has logged six pedestrian seasons.
Speaking of relievers, there are reports that the Mets are still out there looking for bullpen help, “perhaps even a closer,” according to Jon Heyman. That is a pipe dream. The Mets will not spring for a closer, not when Frank Francisco is making $6.5 million in 2013. That was an excellent signing, Sandy Alderson. Yeah, you really needed to go two years for that stiff.