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Indians extend Atchison, control through 2016

August 19, 2014
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The Cleveland Indians today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison for the 2015 season with a club option for 2016. He will make $900K in 2015 and the Indians hold a $1 million club option with a $100K buyout for 2016.

Atchison, 38, has been a valuable member of the club’s bullpen in 2014, posting a 6-0 record with a 2.95 ERA in 53 relief appearances (1SV, 55.0IP, 44H, 18ER, 9BB, 37K), limiting Major League hitters to a .218 (44-202) average against. Scott ranks among American League relief leaders in wins (T2nd, 6), pct. of inherited runners scored (10th, 18%, 5/28) and relief innings (19th, 55.0IP) while limiting right-handed hitters to a .214 (28-131, .565 OPS) average against.  Since June 21st he owns an ERA of 2.28 (23.2IP, 18H, 6ER) over his last 22 games.

The Woodlands, TX native owns a career Major League record of 16-10 with two saves and a 3.51 ERA in 258 Major League appearances (1GS, 310.0IP, 288H, 121ER, 80BB, 229K, .247AVG) since debuting with the Seattle Mariners in 2004. He began his professional career in 1999 after being selected by Seattle in the 49th round of the 1998 draft out of TCU.

Atchison was not set to be a free agent after the season as his service time would have only made him a third year arbitration player. He was under the Indians control for the 2015 season provided the Indians offered him arbitration, which they likely would have done. This is just a quick jump on the plans for 2015 to get him signed and knock off an arbitration eligible player and also add an extra year of control.

User Comments

August 19, 2014 - 5:59 PM EDT
Speaking of Raburn, on the DL and Holt called back up. I guess now Holt should be up for the rest of the season.
August 19, 2014 - 3:44 PM EDT
Atchison is a pro who still has a low 90s fastball and throws strikes. Even if the opposition hit .300 against, he would hold a lead at east 7 out of 10 times which he does much better than that. He also appears to a a calming influence during games in which other pitchers break down and start walking people. Great move and a much better move than Miguel Cabrera's, Prince Fielder's, Josh Hamilton's or Albert Pujols's extension, wouldn't you say?
August 19, 2014 - 3:27 PM EDT
Atchinson performs. If this was a guaranteed 2y deal, then you could argue it, but this is actually a discount for a reliever who put up WHIP's under 1 two of the past three seasons. He's guaranteed 1mil, that's it. He can still be released or traded at any time. This contract actually sets the Indians up pretty good to sell him next summer, if he performs again and there's a surplus coming from AAA
August 19, 2014 - 2:51 PM EDT
Wonder if they try to use some of the pen depth for a deal in the offseason
August 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM EDT
So, next year's bullpen, starting from the closer out:

Closer: Allen
Primary R setup: Shaw
Primary L setup: Zep
7th (setup): Atchison
setup: Crockett
setup: Hagadone
setup: CC Lee

That's a 7-man pen, of course, and Francona often likes to go with 8. But it also doesn't include a long man. Not sure what the "option" status of McAllister and Tomlin are but it seems like they're pretty close to where Carrasco is this year--i.e., has to make the team or be lost to waivers. So probably one of those guys will stick as an 8th reliever. From this list, Austin Adams would seem to be the first guy up from Columbus in case of injury or ineffectiveness. Bryan Price, should he impress this September and/or next spring, would probably be second.
August 19, 2014 - 1:34 PM EDT
The cost is minimal and he has been very solid, versatile and durable the past few he's the perfect utility guy to have around if you ask me. And if he stinks up the joint they are only on the hook for a few $100K and nothing beyond. While we all want Lee, Adams and such to get innings, you have to have that veteran utility arm in there.....or at least the Indians believe they need it....and to me this shores up that need for the offseason.
MT88 in WI
August 19, 2014 - 1:30 PM EDT
Unless there are multiple deals coming where other relievers are dealt away, I don't really get this move...
It puts one more player (that Francona goes to quite a bit) in the way off A. Adams, CC Lee etc).

Reminds me of the Raburn signing last season... Yes the Tribe could do it but was/ is it the best move?? I'm leaning against this move...

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