The Boston Red Sox today signed right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison to a non-guaranteed one-year contract with two club options.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Atchison, 33, spent the 2008-09 seasons pitching for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League. He compiled a 12-9 record with a 2.77 ERA (60 ER/194.2 IP), 166 strikeouts and 46 walks in 117 career relief outings with the Tigers. The right-hander tallied a 1.70 ERA (17 ER/90.0 IP) while going 5-3 in 75 games with Hanshin during the 2009 campaign.
Selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 49th round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Atchison has made 53 career Major League relief appearances over parts of three seasons with the Mariners (2004-05) and San Francisco Giants (2007). He is 2-3 in those contests with a 4.10 ERA (31 ER/68.0 IP), 70 strikeouts and 25 walks. Atchison’s last season in the United States came for the Giants organization in 2007. He posted a 4.11 ERA (14 ER/30.2 IP) in 22 outings with San Francisco and was 3-2 with four saves and a 2.01 ERA (12 ER/53.2 IP) in 38 appearances at Triple-A Fresno.
The Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 35.
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