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Mets Afternoon News: Return of Colon means DFA for Monell

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Your Saturday afternoon dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets made the return of Bartolo Colon official on Friday when they announced his one-year deal. Perhaps the only person not happy about the agreement is Johnny Monell, who was designated for assignment to make room for the right-handed pitcher on the 40-man roster.

Colon says he doesn't care if he's pitching in the rotation or out of the bullpen in 2016. He just wants to help the Mets get back to the World Series.

Even with Colon back in the fold, there are still more moves to make. New York will meet with free agent center fielder Denard Span at his home in Tampa sometime after New Year's Day.

FanGraphs explores the possibility of the Mets and Dodgers swapping Matt Harvey for Joc Pederson.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop ranks the major moves made by the Braves since the front office was taken over by John Hart and John Coppolella.

The Marlins are bringing back Jeff Mathis to be the team's backup catcher.

The Phillies added right-handed relievers Edward Mujica and Andrew Bailey on minor league deals.

Federal Baseball has the latest on that rumored Brandon Phillips trade.

Around the majors

Former top draft pick Matt Bush has signed a minor league deal with Texas after spending the past three years in jail due to a drunk driving incident.

The Dodgers have been surprisingly quiet this offseason while their rivals have made big moves. Still, it would be silly to write off the reigning National League West champs.

Eno Sarris shares what big league managers told him when he asked them what they learned this past year while on the job.

This date in Mets history

Chip Ambres, who hit a clutch RBI single in his only plate appearance with the Mets, turns 36 years old today.