Report: Mets intend to retain Terry Collins, who would only seek a two-year deal
It’s more or less obvious Terry Collins has earned his keep as Mets manager, and is all but certain to return to the head of the Mets dugout in 2016.
He has led the Mets to the cusp of the World Series in 2015, managed a broken and fragmented roster as late as July 23, dealt with lean years and often showed up to the poker table with a pair of deuces in hand, expected to turn that into blackjack on a nightly basis.
He has persevered, and it would come as no surprise at all for Collins to win the National League’s Manager of the Year Award in 2015.
And when the dust settles, he could have a Commissioner’s Trophy to show for all of his hard work, long hours and endless devotion and dedication to an ownership group and front office which gave him another chance to manage in the big leagues.
The question now is, how long of a deal will the Mets extend Collins?
For now, that remains unclear, and is unlikely to be determined until after the postseason. But according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Collins doesn’t intend to be greedy in negotiations, and would gladly take a two-year deal to manage the Mets through the 2017 season.
“Collins, 66, is telling friends he wants to spend time with his wife and do things while he’s still vital, so two years is the right number. He has blanched at the idea of even three years, according to friends,” Heyman writes.
Heyman says “of course” the Mets want to bring him back after a magnificent job at the helm of the Mets in 2015, his first opportunity to manage with legitimate, everyday talent at each position, especially after the club called up Michael Conforto and retro-fitted the roster with Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Addison Reed, and Tyler Clippard.
Sandy Alderson has said throughout the year how pleased he’s been with Collins’ job as the Mets manager, but has said his contract situation will be addressed at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Collins is in the final year of his deal now, during which he has earned $1.1 million. He has a 396-416 regular season record in five years as the club’s manager.