After the New York Mets swept the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, one question that most did not expect to come up was the job security of manager Terry Collins. Collins, whose contract expires at the conclusion of the regular season, has been widely expected to return for the 2014 season based on various media reports throughout the second half. The timing, therefore, for a meeting with the General Manager is very curious. Nevertheless, General Manager Sandy Alderson accompanied the team to Cincinnati and is expected to meet with Collins before the game today, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.
Collins, who is 222-257 in just under three full seasons with the Mets, has had to deal with a lot of adversity this season. Collins lost starting pitcher Johan Santana before the season later started, and saw the team get off to a miserable start. After hitting rock bottom in June, Collins managed to turn the team around and have them play competitive baseball for just under two months before the injury bug resurfaced. Over the span of three weeks, Collins lost David Wright for seven weeks, saw three starting pitchers (Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, and Jenrry Mejia) be lost for the year to injury, and had two of his best offensive contributors (John Buck and Marlon Byrd) traded away for a minor league prospect and bullpen arm.
In spite of all the obstacles, Collins has managed to keep his team fighting hard to the end of the season. Collins was originally expected to keep his job as long as the team did not collapse in September, but given the rash of injuries that expectation has been lowered. One Mets official recently stated that judging Collins in September would be equivalent to judging him off of Grapefruit League action, so how they are evaluating him remains to be seen. Collins is still expected to return, but Rubin's report indicates that the Mets will likely announce Collins' return after the regular season has concluded.
Collins will likely receive a two year contract extension, which is a fair commitment from the Mets assuming they plan on giving him more talent to compete with next season. Collins has done a very good job making some very poor Mets' teams competitive over the last three years, and he has certainly earned the opportunity to try and win with a better team. A two year extension, provided the Mets add some offensive talent in the offseason, will give the team the ability to decide whether or not Collins can lead them to eventual postseason success. Either way, Collins should have little to worry about in his summit with Alderson in the Queen City today.
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