Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Scott Atchison.
2013 Stats: 50 Games Pitched, 3-3, 4.37 ERA, 45.1 Innings Pitched, 28 Strikeouts, 12 Walks, 1.257 WHIP.
2013 Story: Scott Atchison came to the Mets as a free agent in January, 2013, after three seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization. A late bloomer, Atchison did not debut in the majors until he was 28 (with Seattle in 2004) and spent the 2008-2009 seasons in Japan. Last season, the 37-year old set a career high for MLB appearances with 50 and would have eclipsed that number if not for a groin injury suffered on June 18. Atchison spent nearly a month on the DL, returning from a rehab assignment on July 14. The veteran put together his best streak of the year in September, stringing together nine consecutive scoreless appearances, a total of seven innings. Unfortunately, that was all forgotten when he surrendered three runs in his last two appearances (1.1 IP).
2013 Grade: B-. Statistically, Atchison was pretty similar to David Aardsma and posted an ERA and WHIP slightly above what he did in Boston. Signed for one year and $700K, Atchison is (finally) arbitration eligible at age 37 but still likely won't cost much and would probably be worth bringing back at a good price.
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 30 Percent
2014 Role: Middle Reliever
Atchison proved to be serviceable this year and could very well be back if the Mets can't find an upgrade on the free agent or trade market. The fact that he is arbitration eligible may factor in, but a 37-year old journeyman with only 205 games of MLB experience won't be awarded the moon in any arbitration case.
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