The Mets hoped to stash Nelson Figueroa at Triple-A Buffalo for pitching depth, but the 35-year-old righthander had to make it through waivers first.

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He didn't. The Phillies claimed Figueroa today and now the Brooklyn native will be helping the Mets' biggest rival in the National League East. Figueroa had been a perfect 6-for-6 making it through waivers in his career, but that streak stopped at seven.

Figueroa pitched well in spring training, better than his 4.61 ERA indicated, and had an eight-inning scoreless streak at one point. But he became a roster casualty when the Mets chose to keep Fernando Nieve, who is more of a power arm and also out of options.