Terry Collins signs two-year extension with Mets

  • Tad Johnson

As expected, the Mets won’t be looking for a new manager this off-season. Despite another losing season, manager Terry Collins will be back in 2014 after receiving a two-year extension on his current contract.

The new deal is worth slightly over $1 Million according to MLB.com. The contract will keep him in New York through the 2015 season with a club option for 2016.

Collins has a 225-261 (.463) record in three seasons on the job, winning 77, 74, and 74 games. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the record Collins has achieved isn’t entirely his fault. The Mets have been relatively quiet in the free agency market in the last few years and haven’t really filled the team with talent around him. General Manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that given all the injuries, trades and other roster issues that the Mets have endured he doesn’t blame Collins for his record.

Collins seems to be pleased to have more time with the Mets. He gave a statement from Citi Field after the announcement of his extension.

It is a true, true honor to be here,” Collins said. “If you’re going to manage, this is the place. There’s no better stage, no bigger stage than to manage here. I love it here. I’ve had a great time here. I’ve probably enjoyed myself here more than anyplace I’ve ever been. So it’s great to be back.”

 

The Mets had a season marred by injury this season, losing players like Matt Harvey and David Wright. On a positive note, though, young players like pitcher Zach Wheeler and catcher Travis D’Arnaud have come up and looked strong.

Collins has earned the respect and admiration of his clubhouse, especially in the last 100 games of this season by showing determination and heart in keeping the franchise’s head high even in troubled times for the team. I expect the Mets to invest more heavily in free agents this off season and give Collins something to work with in 2014.

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