April 23, 2009
The only surprise is that Nelson Figueroa wasn't claimed off waivers, after his six innings of three run ball, in fact, Figgy should be our No. 2 starter (by performance) instead of being unemployed. I think the front office might need to take sensitivity classes, as they definitely botched this one and it simply isn't the right way to treat people.
For those who missed it, Nelson Figueroa was called up Sunday morning, made a solid start, and was placed on waivers directly after the game. As anyone would be, he wasn't happy with his treatment and after clearing waivers opted for free agency.
Great job burning a bridge, especially with the rotation in complete shambles.
There were so many other ways they could have handled the situation, but this was the easiest way and I think the organization was very arrogant in their handling of Figueroa.
Last year, Omar gave Figgy a shot after several years out of the majors and it appears he expected him to take whatever treatment he received, what Omar failed to realize was Figgy had already returned the favor by pitching well, when called upon.
I'm actually glad that Figgy didn't bow down to this organization and take that type of treatment, this organization has been rumored to be arrogant with certain players (non-upper echelon) and it's nice to see someone stick up for themselves. To a truly good guy, I wish him good luck wherever he lands and it's too bad he's not still a Met.
Pitcher Nelson Figueroa has refused to report to Triple-A Buffalo, opting instead to leave the Mets and become a free agent. The Mets designated Figueroa for assignment after he started in place of Mike Pelfrey on Sunday. source NJ.com