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All you need to know: MLB rumors and news roundup for March 3

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Terry Collins has been doing some thinking about the Mets' rotation. (USATSI)
Terry Collins has been doing some thinking about the Mets' rotation. (USATSI)

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On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for Monday, March 3 ...


- Mets: MGR Terry Collins says Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan are the leading contenders for the team's fifth-starter job. (Marc Carig via Twitter) ... Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Mets are unlikely to sign free agent SS Stephen Drew, which means that the job will likely remain Ruben Tejada's.

- Orioles: Our own Jon Heyman reports that the O's are in serious talks with free agent lefty Johan Santana.


- Cubs: SS Starlin Castro will be sidelined for the next seven to 10 days with a strained right hamstring.

- Dodgers: MGR Don Mattingly says RHP Zak Greinke (calf) is unlikely to pitch in Australia. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the 2014 season with a pair of games in Australia on March 22.

- Padres: CF Cameron Maybin could miss the next two to three months after tearing his biceps tendon on Monday.

- Reds: The team is hoping that RHP Mat Latos (left knee surgery) will be able to throw off a mound this week. (Mark Sheldon, MLB.com)

- Twins: The team is hopeful that 3B prospect Miguel Sano, who'll soon undergo Tommy John surgery, will be able to DH in some minor-league games late in the season. (Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com)

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