Now that the busy 2013 offseason is over and the New York Mets have started spring training, a number of new players have joined the team. Over the next several weeks, the Mets 101 staff will introduce a "new" Met every day and break down what role they could play for the 2013 Mets as well as what their odds of making the trip north are. Today, we will introduce you to reliever Scott Atchison.
Meet a "New" Met: Reliever Scott Atchison
Acquired: Signed to Minor League Deal January 29, 2013
Previous Big League Stops: Seattle Mariners (2004-2005), San Francisco Giants (2007), Boston Red Sox (2010-2012)
Story: Scott Atchison is a well traveled reliever. Originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1994 MLB draft, Atchison bypassed big money to attend college. Atchison eventually was drafted by Seattle again after college, and made his way to the Mariners in 2004. Atchison pitched two uneventful seasons for Seattle before signing with the Giants in 2007. Atchison then made a pit stop in Japan before resurfacing in 2010 with the Boston Red Sox, where he became a stable member of their bullpen for the last three seasons. Atchison missed a good portion of the 2012 season after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament and was non-tendered by the Red Sox in November.
Status: Competing for Middle Relief Role
Odds of Heading North: 50 Percent
Atchison is currently in competition for a role in the Mets bullpen. The bullpen is largely unsettled beyond Frank Francisco, Bobby Parnell and Brandon Lyon, but as a veteran Atchison is in direct competition with veteran LaTroy Hawkins and youngster Jeurys Familia, among others, for one of the middle relief slots in the pen. Atchison has been a solid member of Boston's bullpen for the last three years, but it appears concerns over the state of his elbow limited his market to a minor league deal with the Mets. While the deal will likely provide good value for the Mets, Atchison's chances of heading north with the club are 50/50 at the moment. Besides competing with Hawkins, a sleeper in the competition could be submarine righty Greg Burke, who has drawn praise from manager Terry Collins early on.
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