The Mets sign Buddy Carlyle to a minor league deal

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The long career of Buddy Carlyle continues: the Mets announced today that they signed him to a minor league deal with a major league camp invite.

Carlyle posted a 1.53 ERA in 26 games in 2014. It was is eighth big league season, but he’s been bopping around forever, having been drafted in 1996 and having made his major league debut in 1999. He didn’t see the bigs in 2001-4, 2006, 2010, 2012 or 2013. He has pitched parts of 16 years in the minors and — if I’m counting right — has been part of nine different affiliated organizations and spent one year in Korea. Dude gets around.

2014 was something of an outlier for him — his career big league ERA is 5.13 in 139 games — but it costs the Mets very little to see if, once again, he can be a pleasant surprise in their bullpen.

 

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”