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.
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.