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Mets designate Johnny Monell for assignment

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The team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Bartolo Colon.

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The Mets designated catcher Johnny Monell for assignment to make room for Bartolo Colon on their 40-man roster. Monell made 52 plate appearances for the Mets in the 2015 and spent most of the year with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. In his brief time in the big leagues, he hit just .167/.231/.208.

A former 30th-round pick in the 2007 draft, Monell started his career with the San Francisco Giants and debuted at the major league level during September call-ups in 2013. In parts of four seasons at Triple-A, Monell has hit .279/.356/.455, making him a serviceable player in terms of organizational depth.

The 29-year-old from the Bronx will now be exposed on the waiver wire and available to other organizations. If he clears waivers, the Mets could bring him back on a minor league contract. At the major league level, the Mets seem comfortable with their current catching duo of Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.