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Mets Morning News: Previewing the Opening Day lineup, Carlos Torres could be traded

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

It's never too early to speculate on Terry Collins's lineup for the 2016 Mets, as evidenced by Kevin Kernan's article for the New York Post. His most likely lineup has Neil Walker hitting ahead of Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Doc Gooden spoke about the Mets' "crazy good" starting rotation, as well as his life of sobriety.

In a pair of fashion updates, the Mets unveiled their upcoming spring training uniformsas well as the jerseys and caps for their Class-A affiliate Columbia Fireflies.

Michael Mayer of Mets Minors spoke with non-roster invitee Ty Kelly on his approach within the Mets organization.

Steve Gardner of USA Today provided a fantasy analysis of the 2016 Mets.

The Mets are talking to teams about right-handed reliever Carlos Torres, who they designated for assignment on January 22.

Around the NL East

Eric Chesterton of The Good Phight lamented catcher Carlos Ruiz's lengthy contract. Meanwhile, John Stolnis examined the worst-case scenario of Philly's 2016 campaign.

Eric Cole and Garrett Spain took a look at the Braves mentioned in Baseball Prospectus' top 101 list.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution unveiled the Braves' new spring training uniforms.

Daniel Smith of Fish Stripes weighed the pro's and con's of signing Cliff Lee or Tim Lincecum as rotation depth. Michael Jong, meanwhile, examined Miami's off-season stadium renovations.

With a starting job uncertain for 2016, Patrick Reddington of Federal Baseball discussed Trea Turner's prospects with the organization.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post wrote about  the Nationals' chances of contending in the NL East next season.

Around the Majors

Doug Fister, who lost his rotation spot in a disastrous 2015 campaign, inked a one-year contract with the Astros. Guaranteed a $7 million base salary, Fister is a prime bounce-back candidate to re-test the free agent market in 2017.

The Rays and Rockies completed a trade, as Colorado gave up outfielder Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padlo for reliever Jake McGee and German Marquez. The Rays also formalized their signing of utilityman Steve Pearce.

Ivan Nova, who isn't guaranteed a spot in the Yankees' rotation, avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $4.1 million salary.

Rob Rogacki examined the out-clause within Justin Upton's contract.

Grant Brisbee listed the five best and worst spring training caps.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1989, Game-Winning RBI became a defunct statistic, after Keith Hernandez had racked up 129 GWRBI.

Happy birthday to Kevin Roberson and Sergio Ferrer!