In a report to MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dierkes posted of Nelson Figueroa’s release:
The Phillies designated pitcher Nelson Figueroa for assignment to make room for Brad Lidge, tweets MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Figueroa, 36, was claimed off waivers from the Mets on April 7th and tallied nine games for the Phils.
Last year for the Mets Figueroa compiled a 4.09 ERA, 7.5 K/9, and 3.1 BB/9 in 70.3 innings. Figueroa has spent most of his second career Phillies stint in the bullpen, and the strikeouts disappeared.
Is this coincidence, or did the Mets have some sort of foresight into the situation?
I don’t wish the downfall of the man, but Figueroa going to the Phillies is like dating your ex-girlfriend’s best friend just for spite.
I guess you can go to Japan now Figgy.