Nelson Figueroa, who was designated for assignment by the Mets when Sean Green beat him out for the final bullpen spot, has been claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Figueroa pitched for the Phillies in 2001, going 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 appearances (13 starts).
A Brooklyn native and Brandeis University alum, Figueroa had a strong spring training for the Mets, despite one poor outing skewing his numbers and leading to a 4.61 Grapefruit League ERA.
The Phillies need bullpen help with Joe Blanton on the DL and Kyle Kendrick pushed from long relief to the rotation.
Figueroa, 35, was mulling going to Japan for a payday rather than join the Mets in the minors had he gone unclaimed off waivers. He recalled clearing waivers six other times in his career.
Third base prospect Shawn Bowman was designated for assignment at the same time as Figueroa to clear roster room for five non-roster players who made the big-league team. A source with ties to the Mets, however, said Bowman likely would not be placed on waivers for a week -- until the team exhausted trade possibilities.