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Red Sox sign former Mariners reliever Atchison

The Boston Red Sox got a pitcher on the first day of the winter meetings.

No, not that one.

Right-hander Scott Atchison agreed to a one-year contact after spending the last two seasons with Hanshin of Japan’s Central League.

The Red Sox are among the teams interested in acquiring Toronto ace Roy Halladay.

Atchison, a former Seattle Mariners reliever, was 12-9 with a 2.77 ERA in 117 relief appearances, going 5-3 with a 1.70 ERA in 75 games this year.

The 33-year-old Atchison appeared in 31 games for the Mariners in 2004 and 2005, going 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA. He also pitched for San Francisco in 2007.

He is guaranteed $430,000 in Monday’s deal. Atchison gets $420,000 next season, and the Red Sox have a 2011 option at $40,000 above the minimum with a $10,000 buyout. Boston has a 2012 option at $200,000 above the minimum.

Yankees send Bruney to D.C.

Brian Bruney was dealt to the Washington Nationals from the New York Yankees for a player to be named in the first trade of the winter meetings.

The 27-year-old right-hander was 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA in 44 regular-season appearances but pitched just once for the Yankees from mid-April until mid-June because of a strained right elbow, an injury he blamed on time he spent warming up during an umpires’ video review.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him, kind of a power arm to go toward the end of our bullpen, and just we feel like we needed a little help out there,” Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s got experience, and he’s got a good arm.”

Riggleman, who took over as Nationals manager in July, isn’t worried about Bruney’s elbow.

Rangers get lefty Rapada

Left-hander Clay Rapada has been acquired by the Texas Rangers from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named or cash.

The 28-year-old had a 5.40 ERA in 3 innings over three relief appearances for Detroit last season and was 4-2 with five saves and a 2.76 ERA in 42 games at Toledo. He struck out 47 and walked 17 in 452/3 innings for the Triple-A farm team, holding left-handed batters to a .210 average.

Texas also sent right-hander Willie Eyre outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Brewers’ DiFelice has surgery

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Mark DiFelice has had surgery on his right shoulder.

Milwaukee announced the right-hander had surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff.

The Brewers also claimed infielder Luis Cruz off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 25-year-old batted .214 with two RBI in 27 games during two stints with the Pirates last season. He started 18 games, including 14 at shortstop and four at second base.

Tigers retain Everett

The Detroit Tigers have re-signed shortstop Adam Everett to a one-year contract.

The slick-fielding Everett hit .238 with three home runs and 44 RBI for Detroit in 2009, his ninth season in the majors. He has compiled a .976 fielding percentage at shortstop during his career.

Padres reward Chris Gwynn

The San Diego Padres have promoted Chris Gwynn to director of player personnel and hired former big leaguer Dave Roberts as special assistant to baseball operations.

Gwynn is the younger brother of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and the uncle of Padres center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. A former big leaguer who played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Padres, he has been a professional scout for San Diego.

Rockies sell Murton to Japan

The Colorado Rockies have sold the contract of outfielder Matt Murton to the Hanshin Tigers in Japan.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old Murton hit .250 with five doubles, one home run and 6 RBI in 29 games for the Rockies in 2009.

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