Monell resigned with the Mets on a minor league contract on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Monell had a solid year with Triple-A Las Vegas last year, batting .324 with seven home runs and 51 RBI. He also got a taste of the majors, but only managed to hit .167 in 52 plate appearances. With Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki pretty well entrenched as the backstops at the major league level, Monell will likely serve as organizational depth once again. However, if he continues to destroy Triple-A pitching, the Mets may need to reevaluate him a bit.
Monell was designated for assignment by the Mets on Friday. He was a distant third on the depth chart behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki. The Mets, having re-signed Bartolo Colon to a one-year, decided to bump Monell and will now risk losing him to waivers. Monell has done little with his major-league opportunities thus far, but he has hit .279/.356/.455 in parts of four seasons at Triple-A, making him a serviceable depth piece for an organization.
The Mets optioned catcher Johnny Monell to Las Vegas on Sunday, per ESPN. Monell hit .182 in 23 games with the Mets. To replace him, the team recalled catcher Anthony Recker . He hit .143 in 19 games in a previous stint with the Mets this year. He was hitting .293 with seven home runs and 19 RBI at Las Vegas.
Mets backup catcher Johnny Monell had two RBI in Monday's win over San Francisco. Monell doubled his season RBI total, with his first runs batted in since May 10. Monell hit his first double since May 10 and went 1 for 4, hitting in his third straight game.
Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Plawecki has had a rough go of it since making his debut in mid-April. However, the young backstop has been hitting better in the month of June, batting at a .296 clip through 11 games this month. Manager Terry Collins said he wants Plawecki to be behind the plate for Jacob deGrom on Thursday afternoon, so he will get the night off on Wednesday, according to ESPN.com. Johnny Monell, who was called up when Travis d'Arnaud hit the disabled list on Tuesday, will make his third start of the year for the Mets behind the plate on Wednesday.