The Mets have designated catcher Johnny Monell for assignment, reports ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin (via Twitter). Monell’s roster spot will go to right-hander Bartolo Colon, whose one-year deal with the Mets has been announced by the team, on Twitter.
Monell, 30 next March, received his second taste of Major League action last season, collecting a career-high 52 plate appearances with New York. Prior to that, his lone experience in the big leagues was a brief eight-game stint with the 2013 Giants (nine plate appearances). In the Majors, Monell is a .161/230/.196 hitter across his small sample of 61 PAs, but he has a sound track record in the minors, where he’s put together a .279/.356/.455 batting line with 31 homers across 1012 PAs in Triple-A. He’s caught 29 percent of the runners who have attempted to steal against him over the life of his nine-year minor league career, though he nabbed an impressive 13 of 31 (42 percent) with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas this past season.