Worth the Reward? Figueroa Designated for Assignment

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Nelson Figueroa #25 of the New York Mets pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

We have quite the tough business here. First of all, we have all of these hopes in the young side armer Darren O’Day, and the Mets decide to offer him back to the Angels so they could call up Nelson Figueroa to make a start for the injured Mike Pelfrey.

I thought the Mets would have been better served either placing Pelfrey on the Disabled List to be safe, or they could’ve used Brian Stokes, who has made starts before for the club. But instead, the Mets decided to offer O’Day back to the Angels.

No word yet if the Angels have accepted him back. My hunch says that he will be back in California before you know it.

You think that would be it, but it isn’t. The Mets made another move after today’s loss to the Brew Crew. Nelson Figueroa, who was only made aware of his promotion what seems like hours ago, has been DFA’d, despite throwing six quality innings and giving up only three runs today.

When you have an offense behind you that is supportive, that kind of performance would usually be enough to net someone a victory, but the Mets just couldn’t cash in when they needed to, and it cost Figueroa a lot.

Instead of keeping him around, they have called up journeyman lefty Casey Fossum, who has been around. The trade essentially becomes O’Day for Fossum, which I am not in love with.

O’Day could deceive, and the National League doesn’t have much exposure to him, but the lefty Fossum has faced everybody and their mother, so you would think that players know the book on him.

There are multiple ways in which this could pan out, but I think the Mets are going to regret this move. O’Day might be going back to California, and today’s start might influence another team to take a shot at Figueroa.

You know the Nationals love picking guys up off of the scrap heap. Figueroa could fit in nicely for them.

Poor move, Omar. This is one I just can’t see the plus side with.