In a continued effort to strengthen their bullpen, the Mets have signed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Tuesday.

Atchison, who turns 37 on Mar. 29, spent the last three seasons in the Red Sox organization. He compiled a 1.58 ERA in 42 appearances last season. He struck out 36 batters to nine walks. His record was 2-1.

Atchison missed two months of the season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in July. He opted against Tommy John surgery and returned in September to pitch in five games. He appeared to throw without a hindrance following his trip to the disabled list.

Atchison threw his first bullpen season of the offseason on Monday, according to He hinted to the website that there was already a deal in place with a team he believes would give him an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues. Presumably, it was the Mets.