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Mets Morning News: Mets to re-sign Bartolo Colon

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Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets and Bartolo Colon reached an agreement for the right-hander to return to the team in 2016. The deal is worth $7.5 million, reportedly less than he had received in offers from other teams. Colon had a 4.16 ERA as a starter in the regular season before serving capably as a reliever in the postseason.

The Mets have named Dick Scott as their new bench coach. He replaces Bob Geren, who assumed the same position with the Dodgers. Scott previously served as the Mets' director of player development.

Joel Sherman discussed the Mets' willingness to spend money on top free agents. Ownership reportedly feels "unfulfilled" by past large contracts, and is wary of repeating what they view as mistakes.

While playing the part of an elf at the Mets Christmas charity event, Neil Walker talked about the 2016 season. Walker spoke very positively about the level of talent on the Mets.

Around the NL East

The Nationals are in the market for a second baseman, and Daniel Murphy is one of the options they are showing interest in. They also could look to trade for Brandon Phillips.

At Fish Stripes, Michael Jong speculated as to what an extension for second baseman Dee Gordon could look like. He estimated that it would come to three years and $28-31 million.

The Braves officially announced the signing of catcher Tyler Flowers to a one-year deal. To make room for him on the 40 man roster, they outrighted Dian Toscano.

Around MLB

three-team trade was struck between the White Sox, Dodgers, and Reds. The highlight of the deal was All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier moving to Chicago, while prospects made up the other six players involved.

Several major leaguers signed free agent deals yesterday. One-year contracts were signed by Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis with the Indians,  and Daniel Nava with the Angels.

Korean first baseman Dae-Ho Lee reportedly has multiple offers in the two-year $4-5 million range. He is a free agent, and therefore is not subject to the posting system.

Eno Sarris examined sliders around the majors through a different lens than normal. Rather than just looking at movement, Sarris also examined the pitch from a change-of-speed standpoint.

Yesterday at AA

Andrew Cohen got a chance to interview Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson. Among other topics, the two discussed expectations for 2016 and the excellent rookie debut of Michael Conforto.

This Date in Mets History

Today is Bobby Ojeda's 58th birthday! Happy birthday, Bobby!