Nelson Figueroa- #27
35 years old (36 in May)
9th Major League Season
6'1" 180 pounds
Bats R/Throws R
The Good: A local guy (from Brooklyn) who grew up as a Mets fan. Throws an upper 80s fastball, which he mixes in with cutters, sinker, curves, sliders and change-ups. Just hopes to win a guessing game with the hitter. Threw a 4-hit shutout on the last day of the season vs the Astros to lower his ERA by 1/2 a run (to 4.09 ERA).
The Bad: A 35/6 year old journeyman who doesn't have over-powering stuff, and had a 1.48 WHIP last year.
Role: Fighting for a spot on the roster as the long-man out of the bullpen. He is out of options, so he would need to clear waivers to go to Buffalo. Adam Rubin has speculated Figgy would take a job in Japan if he doesn't make the team. If that's the case, good riddance.