Mets Claim Fernando Nieve

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, the Mets have claimed right-hander Fernando Nieve off irrevocable waivers from the Astros.

Nieve squeezed in just 10 2/3 innings last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007.  He could be used in middle relief in New York, but will need a really nice showing over the last few weeks of spring training to make the squad.  Nieve posted a 4.20 ERA over 96 1/3 innings during the 2006 season.

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