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Terry Collins told reporters he would like Kelly Shoppach to return to the Mets next season.

Collins said he likes Shoppach's defensive game as well as the way he's handled the pitching staff and getting them to pitch inside more.

Shoppach has hit .250 with three home runs and nine RBI in 44 at-bats over 16 games since joining the Mets last month.

Shoppach signed a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Red Sox last winter - he can become a free agent this winter.

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