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Mets Morning News: Gee heads to Kansas City, Mets bring Carlyle back

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

According to a report by Kristie Ackert, Yoenis Cespedes is still too expensive for the Mets. There is good news, however, as the club is keeping in touch with his agent in hopes that his price will drop.

Buddy is back, just in time for the holidays! No, not Buddy the Elf, we're talking about Buddy Carlyle. The former Mets reliever, as well as three others were signed to minor league deals.

Dillon Gee is headed to Kansas City, after a tumultuous season with the Mets. The beleaguered starter made his irritation at the Mets' front office known when he was sent to Triple-A in June, and he never made another appearance with the big club.

Mike Puma wonders if the Mets will pick up some fliers, or will look to make a trade to solidify their bullpen.

Longtime New York baseball writer Phil Pepe has  passed away at age 80, taking with him a lifetime of stories.

Around the Majors

Johnny Cueto is headed to the West Coast, as he agreed to sign with the Giants for six years and $130 million.

Rob Manfred has elected not to lift Pete Rose's lifetime ban from baseball. Rose, who was vocal about his desire to come back, had been politicking Manfred about lifting the ban, but Manfred was stern in his denial.

Ken Rosenthal had a great article on the process of acquiring Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks' perspective.

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs was curious if the Cubs actually need another starter, or if their rotation is alright as it stands.

Yesterday at AA

David Wright will see a back specialist to plan for 2016.

Can you name every Mets player who's ever hit for the cycle?

Buddy Carlyle is headed back to the Mets organization on a minor league deal.

Dillon Gee is joining the Mets World Series foe, the Royals.

This Date in Mets History

Today in 2005, the Mets signed one Pedro Martinez to a four-year deal. The Hall of Famer was oft-injured in his time with the Amazin's, but a thrill his first year when he was healthy.

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