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Mets sign Buddy Carlyle, three others to minor league contracts

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Carlyle appeared in 11 games with the Mets last year.

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The Mets have signed righty reliever Buddy Carlyle, lefty pitchers Duane Below and Andrew Barbosa, and infielder Marc Krauss to minor league contracts. Carlyle, Below, and Krauss have also received invites to spring training.

The name most familiar to Mets fans is Carlyle's. The 37-year-old righty made 38 relief appearances for the Mets over the last two years. He was effective in 2014, recording a 1.45 ERA in 31.0 innings, but declined sharply last season, throwing just 8.0 innings in 11 appearances (5.63 ERA), all before May 12. However, he did record New York's first save of the season, preserving a 3-1 win over the Nationals on Opening Day, before the reins were fully handed over to Jeurys Familia.

Below, 30, has not pitched in the majors since 2013. He owns a lifetime 2-4 record and 4.27 ERA in three years with the Tigers and Marlins. He spent a chunk of last season in the Mets' system, pitching in 11 games (five starts) for the Las Vegas 51s last year, going 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA.

Krauss, 28, notched 81 major league plate appearances last year for three different teams. He began the year with the Angels, who claimed him off waivers last December from the Astros. Los Angeles traded him to Tampa in June and the Rays placed him on waivers days later. Detroit claimed him in early July and released him in late August. Primarily a first baseman and corner outfielder, Krauss owns a .188 batting average and .579 OPS in 435 career plate appearances.

The 28-year-old Barbosa has yet to crack the majors since beginning his pro career in 2012. He pitched last season with the Long Island Ducks and Double-A Mobile BayBears and Mississippi Braves.