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3/29/1976 (40 y, 10 m, 25 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 49, Pick: 10, Overall: 1423, Team: Seattle Mariners
$1M / 1 Years (2015) + 1 Option Years
Atchison signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. (7/4/2015)
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For years, Atchison toiled in obscurity on the waiver wire, never finding steady work in the majors. From the time of his major league debut in 2004 through the end of 2009, he tossed just 68 innings. Heading into 2010, he found a home with the Red Sox, and in the past three seasons tossed 141.2 innings with a 3.18 ERA. In each of the past two seasons, he posted FIPs of 2.70 and 2.72. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he has done so in low-leverage situations. His career pLI is just 0.76, and that is a number that has actually decreased in the past two seasons. After being spread almost evenly across high, medium and low-leverage situations in 2010, Atchison has entered in just seven high-leverage situations over the past two seasons, compared with 16 medium-leverage games and 34 low-leverage ones. As a result, Atchison only tallied five holds and zero saves last season. And since he tore his UCL in his right elbow towards the end of the season, the Red Sox cut him in November. He may be back on a minor league deal, but with the team adding Joel Hanrahan and Koji Uehara, it's now even less likely that Atchison nets you saves or holds in 2013, if he even pitches at all. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
While a good pitcher, Atchison has rarely been used in situations that would benefit your fantasy team, and thanks to an elbow injury at the end of 2012 that is unlikely to change any time soon.
Scott Atchison experienced something of a career resurgence in 2014 as a 38-year-old coming off a season made up of injuries and ineffectiveness. That just added another twist to the tale of Atchison's career, which has been a unique one. Atchison has experienced a late MLB debut, two seasons in Japan, a return to the MLB at age 34 met with a bad season, two good seasons, another bad one and then a revival at 38 that was rewarded with a $1 million extension by the Indians front office in August. He is an interesting fellow. He throws an 88 mph cutter/slider and a big, looping 12-6 curveball, both of which get a ton of ground balls. As the season went on, Francona began to trust Atchison in higher leverage situations, and occasionally let him work multiple innings, but he's still behind closer Cody Allen and set-up man Bryan Shaw for saves in the Indians bullpen. (
The Quick Opinion:
Atchison has had an interesting career, and a good 2014, but he's more of a third or fourth option the Indians bullpen. Heading into his age-39 season, he's good for maybe 10 holds -- given his elbow doesn't act up again -- and might fall into a save or two. I'm sure you can find better.
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