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Catcher Johnny Monell, right, could be out of the Mets picture. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Catcher Johnny Monell, right, could be out of the Mets picture. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

While Travis d'Arnaud will be the Mets' starting catcher, New York is searching for his backup in the minors.

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Catcher Nevin Ashley (67) hits during a workout at Maryvale Baseball Park. (Matt Kartozian)
Catcher Nevin Ashley (67) hits during a workout at Maryvale Baseball Park. (Matt Kartozian)

The Mets have signed catcher Nevin Ashley to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

"Ashley, 31, appeared in 12 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last year, going 2-20 (.100) with one double and one RBI. He also hit .306 (103-337) with 14 doubles, eight home runs and 61 RBI In 94 games with Colorado Springs (Triple-A) of the Pacific Coast League last year," the Mets said in a release.

The team also invited catchers Johnny Monell and Xorge Carrillo, infielder T.J. Rivera, outfielder Travis Taijeron, RHP Paul Sewald, RHP Zack Thornton and RHP Chase Bradford to major league spring training, the team said.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon reacts in the dugout in the sixth inning of game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Robert Mayer/USATSI)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon reacts in the dugout in the sixth inning of game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Robert Mayer/USATSI)

The Mets officially announced they re-signed RHP Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal on Friday.

Colon and the Mets agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract on Wednesday.

"I've had a great experience in New York," Colon said in a press release. "The fans are great, being part of the postseason was great. I'll do anything Terry wants me to do this year, start or relieve. I just want to help us get back to the World Series."

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