Nelson Figueroa, the Brooklyn-born Mets fan, spent spring training with the Mets and had hoped to open the season with his boyhood team. But New York designated the righty for assignment last weekend, when they chose Sean Green over him for the bullpen - and now Figueroa has been claimed by the rival Phillies. Source Daily News
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Nelson Figueroa did a nice job filling in for the Mets, but that's exactly what he is, a fill-in. What makes Figgy valuable is that he has a rubber arm that can be used in the rotation or the pen. Here's the thing or me Figgy is a AAAA pitcher, he will look great for a stretch and just as you start to rely on him he falls apart. I would have like to keep him in the org. for call-up purposes but I'm not losing sleep over losing him. Does it make me cringe knowing he went to the Phillies, sure and I bet he's on one of his hot streaks when we play him. I know he's a fan favorite and there will be an out-cry over this,but if this pitching staff needs Figgy that much or this offense is getting beat up that much by him, we have bigger problems...
Posted by Ed Ryan at 7:23 PM