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Mets Morning News: Terry Collins declares open competition for fifth rotation spot

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Your Tuesday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

As Mets pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, Terry Collins said the fifth rotation spot was an “open competition.”

Jeurys Familia has not yet joined the team, as visa issues have held up his return.

Noah Syndergaard added some muscle in the offseason, which is either cause for celebration or trepidation depending on who you believe.

David Wright will likely begin throwing this week.

The Mets’ clubhouse has barely changed from last year, but there’s one notable exception: Jeurys Familia has Bartolo Colon’s old locker.

Three Mets prospects made the Baseball Prospectus Top 101.

Matt Harvey can feel his hand again, which is good news.

Around the NL East

Sean Rodriguez will require surgery and may miss the entire season for the Braves after his shoulder was injured when his car was rammed by a stolen police car back in January.

The Phillies president Andy MacPhail essentially conceded that the Phillies probably won’t be that good this season.

The Nationals added depth by signing Adam Lind.

The Marlins start spring training with the memory of Jose Fernandez hanging over them.

Around MLB

Sad news, as Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy’s lung cancer has relapsed.

The Royals have signed Travis Wood to a two-year deal.

Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah are expecting their first child.

Here are players with something to prove for every team in baseball.

MLB wants a 30-second limit on manager replay challenges.

Yesterday at AA

Matt Varvaro delivered another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

This Date in Mets History

Omar Minaya had some bad luck signing fifth starters for the Mets on this date in two separate years.