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Mets Morning News: Dilson Herrera chooses to play for Colombia, Terry Collins might enjoy statistics

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

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Dilson Herrera will be taking a brief break from Mets spring training in March so he can play for his native Columbia in an upcoming World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.

Despite recently going on a rant against statistics, Terry Collins says that David Wright makes a good No. 2 hitter because of his superior OPS and on-base percentage.

Ken Rosenthal writes about the many ways in which the Mets can overcome their substandard defense in 2016.

Marc Carig previews the battle for two open spots in New York's bullpen.

One of the dark horses in that race is Jim Henderson, who used to be an effective closer for Milwaukee but missed all of 2015 due to shoulder surgery.

Akeel Morris talked to ESPN New York about his surprise call-up in Toronto last season.

On Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Mets pitchers took turns trying to emulate Bartolo Colon and his amazing behind-the-back toss to first base from 2015.

Yoenis Cespedes is expected to arrive at Mets camp today.

Around the National League East

Dusty Baker seems happy about the roster he's taking over in Washington.

The Good Phight listens to messages from spring trainings of the past.

Around Major League Baseball

The Orioles signed free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo to a three-year deal.

New Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds told reporters that he's confident he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

At least five big league clubs have already named their Opening Day starting pitchers.

This date in Mets history

In 1974, the Mets made Tom Seaver the highest-paid pitcher in the majors.