Mets Sign Four to Minor League Deals

The Mets have reportedly signed relief pitchers Buddy Carlyle, Duane Below and Andrew Barbosa, along with first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss to minor league deals.

Carlyle first signed with the Mets in 2014 after last having appeared in the big leagues in 2011 with the Yankees. He had a 1-1 record in 27 appearances, recording a 1.45 ERA in a difficult NL East division. He recorded the first save of the Mets season last year, coming on for an injured Jenrry Mejia. His 2015 totals were disappointing after making the team out of Spring Training, only pitching 8 innings of 5.63 ball before a string of injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

Below was in the Mets organization this past year, failing to make the roster out of Spring Training. He put up very respectable numbers in Triple-A Las Vegas as both a starter and a reliever, working to a 2.19 ERA in 49.1 innings. Below has a career 2-4 record along with a 4.27 ERA in the major leagues, last appearing with the Miami Marlins in 2013. This gives the Mets another lefty option out of the bullpen down the stretch.

Barbosa was drafted in the 36th round of the 2012 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was released by Arizona in April of 2015, and signed with the Atlanta Braves’ Double-A Affiliate, the Mississippi Braves, in July, where he appeared in 16 games as both a starter and a reliever, working to a 2.68 ERA and 5-2 record.

Krauss was also drafted by the Diamondbacks—a 2nd-rounder in 2009. Since then, he has been in the Arizona organization, along with that of the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays, and Detroit Tigers. He appeared with the Tigers at the major-league level in 2015, batting .152 with 1 home run in 33 at-bats. He is a career .188 hitter in the major leagues and has hit 12 big-league homers across four different organizations. A left-handed batter, Krauss is a candidate for a, outfield/first base utility-man-type role at the big-league level out of spring training, granted the Mets don’t pursue free agents Steve Pearce or Ryan Raburn.

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