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Mets May Not Have Shot At Washburn

Mets fans are already in near-revolt mode, so the tweet from Jon Morosi that the Mets likely don't "have a real shot" at Jarrod Washburn will only stoke the fires further.

It isn't necessarily clear that the Mets should want Washburn, of course. He was a disaster in Detroit, posting a 7.33 ERA in 43 innings with unimpressive peripheral stats (16 walks, 21 strikeouts). Now 35, he's projected by ZIPS for a 4.59 ERA in 2010, though if his stint with the Tigers meant his production has fallen off a cliff, he won't approach that.

For comparison, ZIPS has Jon Niese projected with a 4.57 ERA, with Nelson Figueroa checking in at 5.06. While the Mets could have used some additional pitching, it isn't clear that Washburn is enough of an upgrade to justify a contract.

Figueroa Returns To Mets

According to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News Nelson Figueroa has re-signed with the Mets. Earlier in the week he refused his assignment to AAA Buffalo, choosing to become a free agent. Rubin expects Figueroa to be assigned to Buffalo.

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Rangers Claim Darren O’Day

According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Rangers claimed reliever Darren O'Day off waivers from the Mets.  O'Day's Rule 5 situation remains – the Rangers have to keep him in the Majors or offer him back to the Angels.

O'Day, 26, posted fine numbers at Triple A last year with a 3.27 ERA, 8.2 K/9, and 1.9 BB/9.

On the Mets front, Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News notes that pitcher Nelson Figueroa cleared waivers.

Mets DFA Nelson Figueroa

Brendan Prunty of the the Star-Ledger reports that less than an hour after Nelson Figueroa threw six innings for the Mets in a spot start for Mike Pelfrey, he was designated for assignment. The Mets purchased the contract of veteran Casey Fossum to replace Figueroa.

Figueroa threw six frames, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Figueroa Recalled, O’Day Designated For Assignment

Due to Mike Pelfrey's right forearm tendinitis, the Mets recalled Nelson Figueroa on April 18 and designated relief pitcher Darren O'Day for assignment, according to Brittany Ghiroli of Because O'Day was a Rule 5 Draft Pick, he has to be offered back to his original team, the Angels.

Mets Re-Sign Jerry Manuel

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are close to re-signing manager Jerry Manuel to a two-year contract with a club option for 2011.’s Jon Heyman says it’s done.

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