Hot Stove 2010: Sox add Atchison, pursuing Bay, replacing McLeod
December 7, 2009 2 Comments
The first Red Sox announcement from the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis is that the Red Sox have signed reliever Scott Atchison, who has pitched the last two years for the Hanshin Tigers in the NPL. The details of his contract have not been released yet, but it is for one year with two team options for 2011 and 2012. He is a 34-year old righty who touches the low 90s with his heater and throws a hard slider around 86-87 mph (harder than he did back in the day). He declared his intent to return to MLB after a stellar 1.70 ERA in 90 IP for the Tigers this past year. Interestingly enough, Atchison had signed a minor league deal with Boston before he left for Japan ball in 2007.
A late bloomer, Atchison didn’t make it to the bigs until 2004, when he was 28. He’s pitched a total of only 68 innings in the Majors, but his 9-year minor league track record shows that he maintained a strong 3.21 K/BB ratio while rarely giving up home runs (just 60 HRs surrendered in over 771 IP). Sounds like a solid, fundamental reliever you’d like to put in for low-medium leverage situations.
TIm Wakefield and Daniel Bard have both put their support behind re-signing teammate Jason Bay. In the opening round of negotiations, the Angels appear to be in on Bay. Rumor also has it that Bay would really like to play for Seattle, where his primary residence is. With Scott Boras likely delaying his client Matt Holliday from signing this early, Bay’s signing will set the market for the top outfield free agent; this will be interesting to watch.
Theo Epstein has mentioned that losing Jason McLeod is significant, and that the organization will try to fill the position from within. Assistant director of amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye is a prime candidate.