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Mets outright Johnny Monell to Las Vegas after clearing waivers

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The Mets designated the catcher for assignment after signing Bartolo Colon.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Mets catcher Johnny Monell cleared waivers, and the team has outrighted him to Triple-A Las Vegas. The team designated him for assignment four days ago to clear a spot on its 40-man roster for Bartolo Colon. The 29-year-old had several brief stints with the Mets in 2015 and hit just .167/.231/.208 in 52 uneventful plate appearances. In the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, he hit .324/.389/.469 in 71 games with the Las Vegas 51s.

While the Mets would ideally use only Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki behind the plate in 2016, Monell looks to be first in line right now if either catcher needs a replacement. Anthony Recker, who served as the Mets' backup catcher from 2013 through 2015, signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians after the Mets outrighted him at the beginning of the offseason.

The Mets originally signed Monell after the 2014 season. The Bronx native spent several years in the San Francisco Giants' system before stints with the Dodgers' and Orioles' Triple-A affiliates in 2014.