The Mets have signed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison to a minor league deal and have invited him to spring training.

Atchison pitched for the Red Sox last year, and while he doesn't have great stuff, he does have terrific command and throws an awful lot of strikes. He features a fastball in the low nineties, a cutter in the mid eighties, and a curveball in the high seventies. He's thrown about twice as many strikes as balls over the course of his career and is a ground ball pitcher to boot.

Health-wise, Atchison suffered a partial UCL tear in his right elbow in the middle of last year, but doctors prescribed rest and rehabilitation — not Tommy John surgery, which might have ended the 36-year-old's career — and he returned to pitch at the end of the season.