That came in the Mets' doubleheader at Coors Field on Aug. 19, when DeJean was hit by an Aaron Miles grounder.
The righthander left the game after the injury, which was originally diagnosed as a contusion. Within a week, DeJean was on crutches back at Shea Stadium and later in a heavy boot cast.
In 17 appearances for the Mets, DeJean fashioned a 1.69 ERA, collecting 24 strikeouts in 21-1/3 innings. It was quite a departure from his American League numbers with the Orioles, which turned up an ugly 6.13 ERA and an 0-5 record in 37 games.
John Franco, who is also a free agent, will not be back with the Mets in 2005 as a player. However, he remains on a short list of candidates for the vacant bench coach position, if he should decide that his pitching days are over.
A new assistant for Omar: According to a published report Monday, the Mets have hired Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general manager Sandy Johnson to work in the same position under Omar Minaya.
Additionally, Newsday reported that the Mets are also looking into hiring former major leaguer Tony Bernazard in an official capacity. The team has also secured permission to interview Colorado Rockies coach Sandy Alomar, Sr. for the bench coach position.