Figaro, 28, spent the last two seasons in the Japanese Pacific League with the Orix Buffaloes.
He posted a 3.09 ERA in 11 games (all starts) for the Buffaloes in 2012. He struck out only 37 batters (of 268 faced) over 64.0 innings pitched so he doesn’t miss many bats but those bats also don’t hit many home runs off of him. Only being 6’0″ tall, he must have learned to stay on top of the baseball pretty well.
Figaro pitched in the big leagues as well prior to his time in Japan. He was a member of the Detroit Tigers organization for six seasons, culminating in 14 appearances over parts of two seasons with the parent club, including two starts. Figaro joined the Tigers org after a season in the Dodgers minor leagues after originally signing with them as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.
Much more recently, Figaro was pitching in the Dominican Winter League this year where he was 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA in six games, three of which were starts.
Should Figaro make the 25-man roster out of Spring Training, his versatility lends itself well to the swing man role. He could also stay stretched out in Triple-A Nashville to provide more depth behind the starting rotation.
***UPDATE: Figaro’s team in Japan is claiming that they have rights to his services despite lack of an official 2013 contract. Apparently Figaro has a new agent who wasn’t aware.
The Brewers have stated that if Orix presses the issue, they will withdraw their offer to Figaro.***