The Twins have released veteran reliever Scott Atchison, according to the Southern League transactions page (h/t Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press). The 39-year-old had signed a minor league pact with Minnesota not long after being designated and released by the Indians.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN explains (Twitter links) that Atchison requested his release after he was not brought up to the big league pen. He is said to have reached a “verbal understanding” with the club that he’d have that ability as part of the arrangement.
Atchison had returned to Cleveland after signing a one-year extension last year. But he has been unable to repeat his strong 2014, working to a 6.86 ERA over 19 2/3 innings with 5.5 K/9 against 1.8 BB/9. Though his K:BB ratio is in line with prior years’ work, Atchison gave up much more solid contact (at a higher flyball rate), allowing 23 hits and six home runs in his 23 appearances.