Indians sign pitcher Scott Atchison

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The picture you see above is not from Old-Timers Day in New York, that was real, live MLB action!

The Indians have signed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a minor-league deal.

Atchison, 37, pitched for the Mets in 2013, throwing 45.1 innings with a 4.37 ERA. Here are some other figures from recent years:

Year Age Tm ERA G GF SV IP HR BB SO WP ERA+ WHIP HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2010 34 BOS 4.50 43 8 0 60.0 9 19 41 4 97 1.283 1.4 2.9 6.2
2011 35 BOS 3.26 17 4 1 30.1 0 6 17 2 133 1.220 0.0 1.8 5.0
2012 36 BOS 1.58 42 7 0 51.1 2 9 36 2 269 0.994 0.4 1.6 6.3
2013 37 NYM 4.37 50 10 0 45.1 4 12 28 5 82 1.257 0.8 2.4 5.6

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

As you can see, he was very effective in 2012 with the Red Sox, so I suppose there's some upside to him, but pitchers his age are rarely improving, and a relief pitcher on a minor-league deal is not someone you should get too worked up about. According to pitchF/X data, Atchison throws a 90-91 MPH fastball, along with a slider (possibly a cutter), curveball, and changeup.

No harm in signing guys to minor-league deals.

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