Blue Jays To Sign Nelson Figueroa

The Blue Jays agreed to sign 37-year-old right-hander Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract, Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes tweets. The ACES client would earn $650K on the big league roster.

Figueroa started the 2011 season in Houston's rotation, but the Astros released him in August after he posted an 8.69 ERA with 5.3 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 in 29 innings. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a 6.05 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 99 2/3 innings. The Pirates picked him up in August, only to grant him free agency after the season. This is clearly a depth move for the Blue Jays.


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13 Comments on "Blue Jays To Sign Nelson Figueroa"


vincentjulian
3 years 7 months ago

Does this count as an increase in payroll?

jeremyhomer
3 years 7 months ago

Go Figueroa

3 years 7 months ago

he’s now the only switch hitter on the jays roster.

3 years 7 months ago

Nelson has the distinction of being the only MLB player to ever graduate from Brandeis University (D3 – Waltham, MA).

3 years 7 months ago

Yay Figgy! Good for him. THis is a non-story but Nelson is a good guy. Although his spot starting days may be over

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

This might free up Joel Carreno for bull-pen duty on the 25-man roster.  Currently, Carreno is slotted as 6th starter playing in AAA.

dook83
3 years 7 months ago

His name makes me want to sing opera…

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3 years 7 months ago

The genius at work.

/s

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

In December, AA said Carreno will probably open the season as a starter in Las Vegas so the Jays have a 6th starter.  This was a direct result of Jays trading Nestor Molina.  Having starting depth on minor league contracts might free up Carreno for the Blue Jay bullpen.

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

Probably is just insurance for May/June until Jays are comfortable moving one of Jenkins, McGuire, or Hutchison onto the 40-man roster.  AA seems to be cautious about moving prospects onto the 40-man roster.  He probably wants to avoid burning optional assignments unnecessarily as was done with Travis Snider.

vilifyingforce
3 years 7 months ago

Need arms for Las Vegas.

vilifyingforce
3 years 7 months ago

They’ll likely let Carreno keep starting in AAA until he is needed in the majors be it starting or relief. I don’t see anyway Carreno breaks camp with the big club though unless they go with 8 guys in the pen again. And even then, let the kid start in AAA.

3 years 7 months ago

rogers is a multi-billion dollar company, they damn well know you have to have a quality product before anyone will buy. but you’re assuming that a quality product can only be built through splurging in FA.  they think a championship quality team can be built otherwise, and there is evidence that agrees with them.