Mets claim Nieve off waivers

Well, the Astros tried to sneak Fernando Nieve through waivers last week, before many teams know how many spots they have open, but no luck. On Saturday, the Mets picked him up.

This is a disappointment, but what was Ed Wade supposed to do with the guy?He’s out of options, and he’s been awful so far this Spring, with an ERA over 11.

I think it was smart to try to send him to Triple A early. It was unlikely he would turn things around enough to compete for a spot in the rotation, and the bullpen looks set. The Astros hands were tied. Still, you hate to see this when the club is so short on pitching, and Nieve is still only 26 years old.

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